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Whyndell Grizzard | Forum Activity | Posted: Sun, Oct 24 2010 2:45 AM

Are there any comm's on Revelation with Logos that come from the Historic Premil viewpoint?

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Friedrich | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Oct 24 2010 5:06 AM

Whyndell, I don't have time for a more detailed post (still prepping for today's service!) but GE Ladd is well regarded, and Logos has some of his works, including a pre-pub on his NT Theology.  Steve Greg has a commentary that lays out the four major millenial views side by side (in Logos).  I know there are some others--but not off hand.

I like Apples.  Especially Honeycrisp.

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Rick | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Oct 24 2010 5:43 AM

Whyndell, I have Revelation: Four Views in Logos and if you want me to email you some sample pages to see if it is what you are looking for I'll be glad to. My email is rick68 at vqme   com  I really enjoy Four Views though. Very thorough and neutral. The author, Steve Gregg, does his very best to remain neutral and simply give a parallel commentary that explains the views in the first several pages (pros and cons of each) and then a side-by side commentary that represents the main four views.  http://www.logos.com/ebooks/details/REV4VIEWS

EDIT: If you are not interested in the other various views, are committed to one particular view, or have no interest in learning the school of thought on the other interpretations then Revelation: Four Views might be a bit of overkill. It is designed solely to examine and compare different views.

I don't have Ladd's work: http://www.logos.com/ebooks/details/LASTLADD but am including part of a review from Amazon:

<< Start Copy/Paste>> "Ladd's book is not primarily a critique of Dispensationalism. It is a good explanation of what is sometimes called historic premillenialism. This is the view held by many church leaders throughout the centuries well before Dispensationalism and it is still widely held today (this doesn't make it correct, but at least worthy of consideration). Ladd shows how eschatology was essential in the teaching Jesus most emphasized - "the Kingdom". Ladd uses examples from The Sermon on the Mount, Kingdom parables, and many others to show how the end times and the Kingdom Jesus said was already upon us are directly related. Paul's letters are also carefully examined for eschatological information. We should realize that we don't need to wait in a state of anticipation hoping for Jesus to bring the Kingdom - He already has! The Kingdom has already invaded this world but the work of final consummation is not yet finished, and it is God's work we are privileged to participate in. We will not be raptured out of hard times, but like so many saints before us we will live out our faith as citizens of a different order only bowing the knee to the One who is already reigning as King!

Most of Ladd's books are more technical than this one and his "A Theology of the New Testament" is standard reading in many seminaries. Ladd has gone to be with the Lord, but his gifts and diligence made him one of the finest evangelical scholars of the 20th century. If you are a Bible teacher or aspiring Bible student looking for a well-informed introduction to post-trib rapture and Kingdom based eschatology, you will not find a better guide than Ladd. If you are pretty familiar with the Bible, you will find this book a quick, enjoyable read and it may help you see eschatology, and your role in it, in a whole new (and very Biblical) way." <<End Copy/Paste>>

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Friedrich | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Oct 24 2010 2:13 PM

Whyndell Grizzard:

Are there any comm's on Revelation with Logos that come from the Historic Premil viewpoint?

I ran across a book called "A Case for Historic Premillenialism" with Craig Blomberg as an editor.  I thought up till now that he was Amill.  Oh well.  Here are a list of contributors:

 

Craig L. Blomberg

Oscar A. Campos

Sung Wook Chung

Helene Dallaire

Donald Fairbairn

Richard S. Hess

Don J. Payne

Timothy P. Weber

DA Carson is doing the upcoming Revelation Commentary in the Pillar series.  I have been told his approach is Hist. Premill.  But it ain't out yet!  Wink  Walter Kaiser has done some books on prophecy, and I think he is HP too, but unfortunately no commentaries on Revelation.

 

I like Apples.  Especially Honeycrisp.

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Friedrich | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Oct 24 2010 2:27 PM

Rick Hypes:
EDIT: If you are not interested in the other various views, are committed to one particular view, or have no interest in learning the school of thought on the other interpretations then Revelation: Four Views might be a bit of overkill.

thanks for providing the link--and also, considering that there are few (that we know of) historical premill commentaries on Revelation, this would be a good book just to get a good handle on the HPrem. view on Revelation.  You can always ignore the other three as needed.

I like Apples.  Especially Honeycrisp.

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Rick | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Oct 24 2010 2:52 PM

Dan DeVilder:
 You can always ignore the other three as needed.

I could not agree more Dan, very good advice. In my opinion, Four Views is a gold mine for the price. Keeping in mind that I have no formal Biblical training whatsoever, I believe that this book is easy to read and very thorough. It is not overly complicated nor elementary either.

Even if you do have your mind made up, this is an excellent reference to defend your position by learning what arguments others may use.

 

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Oct 24 2010 2:58 PM

George Eldon Ladd did write a commentary on Revelation, A Commentary on the Revelation of John, reviewed here.

You might also want to look into Classic Commentaries and Studies on Revelation in pre-pub. Some of those might be historical premil, though you'd have to do your own research to find out which ones. Edward Bishop Elliot, author of Horae Apocalypticae, a four volume set in that collection, is classified as historical premil by the Preterist Archive (curated by Todd Dennis) here.

Another resource is the website for the International Conference on Historic Premillennialism that Denver Seminary put on in 2009.

Spurgeon was evidently historical premillennialist in his eschatology: http://www.spurgeon.org/eschat.htm. Though he didn't write a commentary on Revelation as far as I know, there are some of his sermons on it in My Sermon Notes, Volume 4.

According to a Wikipedia article on it, other proponents of historical premillennialism include John Gill, Benjamin Wills Newton, Clarence Bass, Francis Schaeffer, Gordon Clark, and James Montgomery Boice. I haven't taken the time to search all of their writings to see if there are any other commentaries among them.

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Friedrich | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Oct 24 2010 3:59 PM

Rosie Perera:
According to a Wikipedia article on it,

yeah, i saw that and another--but I couldn't decipher any of those with Revelation commentaries, especially in Logos.  J. Barton Payne is another, but his activity seems more OT (although he does have some Logos entries--Ezra/Nehemiah is one, in the EBC)  He is mentioned in a book on 20th century interpreters, too.  There are some more, but if you want to go down that rabbit trail, do yer own searchin'!  Wink

 

Peace.  Happy deliberating, Whyndell.

I like Apples.  Especially Honeycrisp.

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Whyndell Grizzard | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Oct 24 2010 4:15 PM

Thanks for the input- I have most if not all the books, was hoping there was more of a selection within Logos itself, but alas.

I have started gathering info from all the resources I can locate, the Four Views, I have been gleaning some from, but wasn't aware Elliot was in the HP mindset- had always thought he was Amil- will definitely put him on my reading list.

The reason for my interest is after, what seems a life time, I have in the last 8 years been on a journey away from Dispensationalism- I can no longer biblically support its tenants.

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Jeremy | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Oct 24 2010 5:07 PM

Grant Osborne's commentary on Revelation in the BECNT is written from a Historic Premil viewpoint and so is Mounce's in the NICNT series. D.A. Carson's commentary in the Pillar series is coming out soon and is also written from a Historic Premil viewpoint.

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Jerry M | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Oct 24 2010 5:43 PM

Jeremy:
Grant Osborne's commentary on Revelation in the BECNT is written from a Historic Premil viewpoint

Just to clarify, If you have the Platinum or Portfolio package you have this commentary.

Jeremy:
Mounce's in the NICNT series

In Logos you must buy the series to get this commentary. 

I am waiting patiently for the Pillar commentary to arrive and would like to see Ladd's commentary on Revelation available in Logos (but may buy it in paper sooner if it don't show up)

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ton verdam | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Oct 24 2010 7:09 PM

WHyndell:

on a journey away from Dispensationalism- I can no longer biblically support its tenants.

Welcome to the family... The 4 views are outdated. There is a 5th view, well documented, very scolary, not yet in LOGOS - but you will find a start at www.prewrathrapture.com

Charles Cooper and Marvin Rosenthal where with the dispensationalists and even taught at their colleges but paid a great price no longer supporting that view. Google on their names...

You will enjoy this new journey, finally a fresh breath from heaven. There were talks about updating the 4 views, dropping the mid-trib replacing it with pre-wrath, but the post-trib maffia* is fighting it untill their last man standing...

* In de 2nd Merriam-Websters meaning... :) a group of people of similar interests or backgrounds prominent in a particular field or enterprise

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Jerry M | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Oct 24 2010 8:13 PM

Whyndell, if you have Baker's Exegetical commentary on Revelation and you look at the index of authors, you can see authors he quotes often and how he views their writing.  This might lead you to further research.

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Oct 24 2010 9:24 PM

Good for you Tom (moving away from dispensa-something--ism...LOL).

With all the false predictions by famous "tele-evangelist" and the left behind nonsense, I too moved away from premillenialism which is in essense part of the whole dispensa-something--ism (very dangerous "ism" by the way).  

I would like to see this title in Logos, IMO, this was a real eye opener.  I own the hardback, I just wish it could be put in L4 format.  Anyway, check out its description: http://www.aogden.com/aveng-eb.htm -- Sorry, no sample pages and no digital copy available.

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Greg Corbin | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 25 2010 9:03 AM

Grudem's and Erickson's Systematic Theologies address the different millienial views as well. Good resources.

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Friedrich | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 25 2010 9:13 AM

Jeremy:

Grant Osborne's commentary on Revelation in the BECNT is written from a Historic Premil viewpoint and so is Mounce's in the NICNT series. D.A. Carson's commentary in the Pillar series is coming out soon and is also written from a Historic Premil viewpoint.

Jeremy, thanks for your confirmation.  I had that suspicion, but couldn't find a quick confirmation of that.  What I did find was kind of a vague "part idealist, part preterist".  Without knowing the "parts"--and studying his book more thoroughly--I didn't know.  Surprised that connection didn't pop up more clearly on the net somewhere.  The only "biggies" I saw were "oldies." (by and large)

I like Apples.  Especially Honeycrisp.

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Jonathan Burke | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 25 2010 9:53 AM

Rosie Perera:
You might also want to look into Classic Commentaries and Studies on Revelation in pre-pub. Some of those might be historical premil, though you'd have to do your own research to find out which ones. Edward Bishop Elliot, author of Horae Apocalypticae, a four volume set in that collection, is classified as historical premil by the Preterist Archive (curated by Todd Dennis) here.

Elliott's 'Horae Apocalypticae' is considered the pinnacle of pre-mil Historicist interpretation. It is indisputably the largest and most comprehensive exposition of the book ever written by a single author. Its four volumes of almost 3,000 pages, with over 10,000 references is still used today as a rich source of commentary from a massive range of earlier expositors whose works are today extremely difficult to locate, or have yet to be translated into English.

For those interested in Spurgeon's opinion, he referred to Elliott's as simply 'The standard work'. That's saying something given that in his 'Commenting on Commentaries' he puts the boot into just about everyone else who wrote anything on the interpretation of Revelation (I'll show you some crackers he wrote, if you like). Elliott has pride of place in my own 900 page survey of Jewish and Christian prophetic interpretation (I have accumulated a list of over 600 Historicist expositors, and a collection of over 500 Historicist works).

Other Historicist pre-mils in the Classic Commentaries and Studies on Revelation are James Durham, John Taylor Dean, and John Cumming. Most of those listed are Futurists or Spiritualists/Idealists of some kind, though Moses Stuart was a Preterist. Still, some of the Futurists (such as deBurgh), were still pre-mils. You'll find Thomas Goodwin was a classic Historicist pre-mil, and his exposition of Revelation is in volume three of the works of Goodwin soon to be published by Logos.

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Jerry M | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 25 2010 11:15 AM

Post tribulational premillennialists can be historicist (the events in the book of Revelation before Christ's return take place throughout church history) or futurist ( All of Revelation, with perhaps the four horsemen being an exception, take place in the future).  Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe that those in the camp of historical premillennialism are considered futurists.  (Just for clarity)

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Mike Childs | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 25 2010 11:25 AM

Being of the historic Pre-mil persuasion myself, I really, really, really wish that George Ladd's commentary on Revelation was available in Logos.

Dan, that is interesting about Don Carson's forthcoming Pillar Commentary.  I am not aware of what Don Carson's view of eschatology is, but I would be interested in whatever he wrote about it - no matter which interpretation he favors.  He is very solid and helpful always.  But if Carson is historic pre-mil, I would be even more excited.  If the Pillar Commentary by Carson is from the historic pre-mil perspective, then it would likely become the standard commentary from that perspective.  Again, from my perspective, I hope that is the case.

 

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Mike Childs | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 25 2010 11:47 AM

I just read an article that listed the following people as representing "Historic Premillennialism":  John Piper, Albert Mohler, D.A. Carson, and Mark Dever, and the late James Montgomery Boice.

I was not aware that Piper and Carson were of that persuasion.  I find that interesting.

 

 

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