Craig Koester, History of Interpretation

Koester, Craig R. “On the Verge of the Millennium: A History of the Interpretation of Revelation.” Word and World 15 (1995): 128-36.

In his outline of the history of interpretation, Koester deals with:

  • Ancient interpretation are futuristic or timeless
  • Joachim of Fiore and church renewal
  • Luther as the heir of earlier approaches, and Luther’s own distinctive contribution
  • Dispensational interpretations (both post-millennialists and pre-millennialists), which Koester critiques in three paragraphs
  • Historical interpretations as an alternative to the excesses of futuristic interpretations
  • Theological interpretations with an emphasis on Interpretation and Faith (cf. Caird)

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