Amidst the fervor of popular apocalyptic books and unfounded "end times" theology, deSilva has written an excellent book that will help readers thoughtfully and properly approach the book of Revelation. This is a truly unique book that studies Revelation by (1) stating the context in which it was written (Roman Asia in the first century), (2) noting why John wrote what he did to the church, and (3) powerfully applying John's message to the church today. It is concisely written and carries a genuine spiritual message. Chapters include: - Debunking Popular Myths about Revelation - Divine Emperor, Eternal Rome: The Public Story About Roman Imperialism - The True Center and the Unholy Scam: John's Biblical Critique of the Public Story - Looking at the Immediate in Light of the Infinite: The Seven Oracles to the Churches of Asia - John's Proclamation of the One Who Is, Who Was, and Is Coming From the Preface: "Many books on Revelation written for a general audience push the readers to accept the author's new and innovative decoding of Revelation's "prophecies" in the current world situation. Often this includes some prediction of what the author believes will come to pass in the readers' near future based on his or her alignment of Revelation with current world politics. I wrote this book for people who are not satisfied with this kind of speculative, fanciful, often manipulative approach to Revelation. I wrote this book for those who suspect that Revelation does have an important word to speak to the churches today, but also that John's concern is not to provide a play-book for the end times. . . Surely it is time to take John's word to John's congregations in Asia Minor more seriously . . ."
Unholy Allegiances by David A deSilva was published by Hendrickson Publishers in November 2013 and is our 58753rd best seller. The ISBN for Unholy Allegiances is 9781619701410.