"Dr McKelvey's interpretation of the Book of Revelation is both scholarly and accessible. Focusing on the image of the millennium, he detaches it from its usual connection with the Second Coming of Christ and expounds it as a powerful symbol that encourages not fantasising flight from the world but commitment to God's world and to justice and truth in it."
Richard Bauckham, Professor of New Testament Studies, University of St Andrews
"There is no finer discussion available. An admirable survey of varied millennial views held down through the centuries is followed by a thorough discussion of the millennium and related themes in the Book of Revelation. This book will encourage teachers and preachers to take both topics seriously."
Graham Stanton, Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge
"Here is a marvellously lucid guide to a perplexing part of the Bible, demonstrating its relevance to contemporary issues. This interesting book teaches us to welcome John's millennium as a striking and energising symbol of our Christian hope that this world will be made new."
Michael Taylor, President and Chief Executive of Selly Oak Colleges
"An authoritative and timely guide to the most difficult book in the Bible. Dr. McKelvey's purpose is to construct a theological argument around Revelation which rescues it from the clutches of literal-minded fundamentalists. In this he has succeeded triumphantly."
Damian Thompson, author of The End of Time: Faith and Fear in the Shadow of the Millennium
"The first section gives a broad overview of various interpretations of Revelation. This is a fine section and readers might be less keen to use Revelation as a handbook of history if they saw how others have been mistaken in the past. The bibliography will take the interested reader further afield. In all, this is a refreshing and very useful publication, breathing life and sense into an admittedly difficult book of Scripture. It will do much to renew a thirst for faithfulness to Christ and His Gospel. The bibliography will take the interested reader further afield."
Rev. John Dunn, in English Churchman
"The first third charts the history of Millennial hopes within the church. Of special interest are his observations on the links between an understanding of the Millennium and the rise of missionary activity. The remaining two-thirds give a concise exposition of contemporary scholarly thinking on Revelation, historical and rational overall, untangling the many-layered strands of imagery, symbol and metaphor, and showing how they can be conjoined into a coherent scheme for the last things. Throughout he takes a robustly scholarly view; yet he also acquaints the reader with the possibility that St John provided the symbolic representation of underlying themes which Christians of any era may reflect upon to their advantage. ... Dr McKelvey's book provides the reader with a sane and sensible understanding of a part of the New Testament which all too often is used as a springboard for religious fantasy rooted more in the id than in faith, hope and love."
John D. Allerton, in Faith & Freedom
"The clash between gospel and dominant ideology is sharply exposed. Plenty of food here for those in search of a future hope and a present agenda."
The Expository Times, Vol 3, No 2
"Of great interest – short, sensible and devout. He brings the suspicion of a sturdy common-sense to forecasts, and not only explains 'The Revelation' carefully, but demonstrates its relevance for today. McKelvey is a guidebook to a text."
C. W. Kemp, in Faith & Worship
"Scholarly and readable. The wide-ranging survey of millenarianism and millennial emphases in religious thought is illuminating and lively, a fascinating survey of the social and intellectual history of the topic and the movements it spawned. The value of this is both historical and sociological."
Peter Byron-Davies, in Parson & Parish, No 153
"Timely, and extraordinarily perceptive, alike in his exposition of the Book of Revelation as in his descriptions of past millennial expectations."
G.R. Beasley-Murray, in Ministry Today
"The author offers a context that assists in understanding the thinking behind millenarianism. It is a concise and helpful introduction to the thinking behind St. John writing on Patmos and could be used by anyone who is preparing a study of this strange and yet moving biblical text. It does offer insights that challenge our cultural understanding."
"... easily accessible book. ... will be of value to anyone preaching about or leading study groups on Revelation."
Mrs Elizabeth Fisher, College of Preachers
"McKelvey's historical survey is entertaining, informative and accessible. This kind of background is not covered in the standard commentaries; it provides a valuable example of how circumstances can influence interpretation, and how interpretation can find expression in Christian action. ... McKelvey's breezy style is also applied to his commentary on Revelation. ... For those who are mystified by the origins and practical consequences of pre-, post- or a-millennialism, this short book provides an enjoyable introduction. For those who wish to grapple with the complexities of Revelation itself in an effort to reach their own conclusions regarding the significance of the Millennium, this book presents an unusual view that deserves consideration."
Alan Garrow, in Themelios, Vol 25:2
"A very useful update of two thousand years' thinking on the millennium, and ought to be read at least once by any non-specialist wanting a sure, first guide to the subject. ... Part One, is a 'tour de force', surveying in less than thirty pages nearly two millennia of millenarianism. ... In Part Two – The Book of Revelation – the author and his editor are concerned to give readers the big picture that is the seer's view of reality. The Christian reader is both encouraged and challenged. ... This book is clearly the fruit of wide reading and mature reflection. The book succeeds in introducing general readers to recent thinking on the millennium and to filling a gap by interpreting Revelation's millennium as a powerful symbol or metaphor for God's victorious action."
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