Wainwright, Mysterious Apocalypse

Wainwright, Arthur William. Mysterious Apocalypse: Interpreting the Book of Revelation. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1993. 293 pages, bibliography, indices and 35 pages with notes. Reprint. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock publishers, 2001.

This very well-written and well researched book contains three parts, the first of which treats “The Millennium and History”. It depends on first hand source studies and is easy to read in spite of the difficult subjects treated. Professor Wainwright treats the interpretations of Revelation throughout history in its relationship to general church history thereby facilitating understanding of the history of interpretation of Revelation.

The two other parts of the book deal with Critical Approaches, and Revelation and Human Experience.

There are six colour and two black and white illustrations supporting Wainwright’s analysis of the use of Revelation in art.

It is an excellent introduction, but I am quite sure that even scholars familiar with the literature on Revelation will find much useful information in Wainwright’s book.

Notes on individual topics

See pp. 189ff about Revelation and art.

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