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40 Questions About the End Times

Kregel’s giving away a $25 gift card in support of 40 Questions About the End Times by Eckhard J. Schnabel. Here’s a link to the Facebook contest.

I’d be interested in perusing this book, if for no other reason than to find out how Schnabel approaches the issue. I often find that books that address eschatology tend to follow one of two paths: 1) A literalistic reading of the texts that turns into a roadmap to what will happen to whom, and when; 2) A reactionary response to the view in path (1), which is usually just as unhelpful. There are exceptions to this rule, though, and I would hope Schnabel’s book is one of them.

Here’s the blurb:

Even-handed, biblical, and broadly accessible answers to the most frequently asked questions abut the return of Christ

This newest contribution to the 40 Questions series continues the tradition of excellent research presented in accessible language and clear writing. Designed for both students and general readers, this resource helps them make sense of one of the Bible’s most difficult topics.

Schnabel, a professor at a leading seminary and the author of several major works, looks at the future of the world, the church, and Israel; the return of Jesus; and the millennium and the final judgment. He answers questions related to the rapture, the 144,000, the identity of the two witnesses, Armageddon, how to interpret Revelation, heaven and hell, and so forth.

The result is an even-handed treatment that avoids sensationalism and a “newspaper headline” approach to prophecy, that is, interpreting prophecy according to current events. Rather, Schnabel carefully studies the biblical text in light of its first-century context and draws biblically-based conclusions.

Here’s hoping it’s as even-handed as they say.

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