Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Revelation and ritz lectures

Daughter Carrie left a copy of James Resseguie's new book, The Revelation of John: A Narrative Commentary, at our house the other day. He is the professor of New Testament where she works (Winebrenner Theological Seminary). I started reading through it and it looks pretty good. I must admit that I'm always hesitant to get in conversations about Revelation, because we've had a few problems in our church with "end-times fanatics." Maybe I should buy them all a copy, because it looks like this is just the thing they need. The Amazon blurb on the book says...
As the only book of its kind in the New Testament, Revelation can be difficult to understand, and for readers without specialized training, the historical-critical approach used in many commentaries can provide more complication than illumination. Here James Resseguie applies the easily understandable tools introduced in his primer on narrative criticism to this challenging book. He shows how Revelation uses such features as rhetoric, setting, character, point of view, plot, symbolism, style, and repertoire to construct its meaning. This literary approach draws out the theological and homiletical message of the book and highlights its major unifying themes: the need to listen well, an overwhelmingly God-centered perspective, and the exodus to a new promised land. Here is a valuable aid for pastor and serious lay reader alike.

I will also be hearing a lecture from Dr. Resseguie on the subject when I venture over to Winebrenner for their annual Ritz Lectures on May 13. If you live anywhere near Findlay, Ohio you should check it out. It's only $59. Registration information is HERE. At past Ritz Lectures I have had the privilege of hearing from the likes of Walter Bruggeman, Len Sweet, Gilbert Bilezikian, Scot McKnight, and many others. It should be a good time, and I'm looking forward to it.

Peace out; and in.