Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Review: More Than Conquerors: An Interpretations of the Book of Revelation, 75th Anniversary Commemorative Edition by William Hendriksen



Review: More Than Conquerors: An Interpretations of the Book of Revelation, 75th Anniversary Commemorative Edition
William Hendriksen
Baker Books
1940, 1967

This book is an anniversary edition commemorating 75 years of “uninterrupted printing history” according to the information from the back cover.  I don’t know how many other interpretations like this can claim that honor.  Within the biographical tribute the reader will find that a publisher named Herman Baker “presented the first trade copies…to the author in July 1939.” (7)  This is indeed a commemorative edition.  

Given the age of this work I am sure scholarly reviews must be available for those that want to engage in a conversation with the text Hendriksen presents.  This book is accessible to all readers, not just the Biblical scholar, and I enjoyed reading this even though I found his interpretation much different from any I had read or heard presented before.  

The author presents his interpretation in sections that reflect natural break points in the book of Revelation rather than a verse by verse format.  Think of the headers found in most of the Bibles today which serve a similar function.  What got in my way in this book was his tendency to add a bit of a grand flourish to his interpretations, but that may have the style when this was originally penned.  He covered the entire book of Revelation along with the usual purpose, author, and other background material in less than 250 pages.  That alone is a major plus for me.  

I would recommend this book for its historical value if for no other reason.  I would not recommend reading this as an only source of information related to the book of Revelation.  

I received this book from the publisher in return for a review.

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