Charts on the Book of Revelation is not the latest, greatest guide to a certain date of Jesus return, but a tool to pull together the literary, historical and theological perspectives.
When I first saw this book, I wondered if it came with a particular agenda. The agenda simply is to let the book of Revelation speak for itself as well as a bonus of how Revelation has been verified, vilified, and utilized throughout church history. My favorite chart in the book is the 3 page chart that lists the words occurring only in Revelation. Part of the challenge of interpreting Revelation is the uniqueness of its words.
What I love about the chart series is how the authors look for parallels and patterns. For Revelation those parallels are primarily with Jude and 2 Peter but also include Revelation and the Gospel of John.
For those seeking a Biblical approach to Revelation, desiring to track the various threads of thought and images, this book is a great resource to use.
In addition to charts, the book provides maps that help tie the landscape of the readers of Revelation in John’s day for better understanding in our day.
For each chart used, the back of the book provides the commentary and sources considered for those who want to go deeper.
I give Charts on the Book of Revelation 5 out of 5 stars. I appreciate its bullet point approach to digging into various aspects of the book with a commitment to exegesis. This book is a great resource for those teaching or preaching on the Book of Revelation, or for Bible students who want to get a better grasp on the lessons Revelation teaches.
My thanks to Kregel Publishing for a free copy to review. I wasn’t required to give a positive review just an honest one. You can check out an excerpt here.