Kenneth L. Gentry

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Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr., is a major, if not the leading proponent of the so-called partial preterism. Partial preterism asserts that “the bulk of John’s prophecies occur in the first century, soon after his writing of them” (Gentry, in Pate [ed.], Four views, p. 37). This article, “A preterist view of Revelation” is a useful first-hand introduction to Gentry’s view. Thus he is a postmillennialist as well.

Gentry is the leading proponent of the early dating of Revelation (see Before Jerusalem Fell below).

Gentry (b. 1950) is a graduate of Tennessee Temple University (B.A., cum laude), Reformed Theological Seminary (M. Div.), Whitefield Theological Seminary (Th. M.; Th. D., summa cum laude). He also attended Grace Theological Seminary for two years, while a dispensationalist.

A commentary in preparation

Gentry is currently researching an academic commentary: The Divorce of Israel: A Redemptive-Historical Interpretation of the Book of Revelation (working title for this full-length [perhaps 800+ pages], academic commentary that Gentry issee the Wikipedia article on Gentry for the thesis of this commentary).

According to preliminary studies he has released (“The Wrath of God and Israel”, Fountain Inn, SC: 2007), he will be presenting evidence that the harlot city “Babylon” (Rev. 16:19-19:2) is a metaphor for first century Jerusalem, and that the book’s author John is following the pattern of the Old Testament prophets in denouncing Jerusalem’s unfaithfulness by such images (see especially Jer. 2-3 and Eze. 16). Gentry holds that the theme of Revelation is Christ’s judgment coming against those who pierced him (Rev. 1:7), and the “slain Lamb” (Rev. 5:8,13; etc.) is wreaking vengeance upon first-century Jerusalem in order for God to divorce his unfaithful wife so that he might take a new bride, the Church (Rev. 21-22). Thus, Revelation dramatizes the transition from the old covenant, Temple-based, Judaic economy to the New Covenant, spiritual economy that includes all ethnicities, not just Jews (compare supersessionism). (Wikipedia, see below)

Selected works

Gentry is the author of Before Jerusalem Fell: Dating the Book of Revelation.

Other books written by Gentry are The Beast of Revelation (1989); He Shall Have Dominion: A Postmillennial Eschatology; and The Greatness of the Great Commission: The Christian Enterprise in a Fallen World (1990). Some of his books seem to be online.

He is a contributor to four eschatological debate books: C. Marvin Pate, ed., Four Views of the Book of Revelation (Zondervan); Darrell L. Bock, ed., Three Views of the Millennium and Beyond (Zondervan); Thomas D. Ice and Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr., The Great Tribulation: Past or Future? (Kregel); and Keith L. Mathison, ed., When Shall These Things Be? A Reformed Response to Hyper-Preterism (P & R).


See Preterist literature and Articles by Kenneth Gentry


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