Sep 16, 2017

Directions for Study

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WELCOME TO WEEK 1. I'm so excited!

This week is a bit unusual, since we have some preparatory work to do. But here is how to proceed in order to get the most out of this week's study:

1. First of all, you will want to watch the videos. Normally the week's video lesson will be more extensive; but, because of the nature of this week's introductory studies, there will be a little more reading and a little less watching.

 

Also, I have some exciting news. I am looking into the possibility of enriching the video part of the video presentation, and it looks like there are options. So, hopefully the videos will be improving soon.

2. For the past 2000 years, some of the greatest minds in the history of the world have reflected upon and wrestled with this enigmatic prophecy. Below I have recommended some commentaries, with links so that you may procure what you wish. You may want to choose one to follow along.

3. Some years ago now, I translated Matthew Poole's Latin Synopsis on the Book of Revelation (~1000 pages in translation). It is basically a verse-by-verse history of interpretation, bringing together the best interpreters, Jewish, Patristic, Medieval, Catholic, Lutheran, and Reformed. To support our studies together, I am going to be revising and updating the translation as we go, and providing links to the revised portions, so that we might read along together.

Also, on the Poole blog feel free to ask questions, to comment, and to dialogue with me and the other students. We will all be greatly enriched by interaction.

This week, new readings will be posted on a daily basis. So, visit this page on a daily basis so that you can keep up with the reading.

4. My recommendations for a graduated approach, so that you can tailor your studies to your own schedule: a. Everyone should watch the video. The best material will be presented and summarized there. b. If you have time and inclination to go a little deeper, keep up with the readings from Matthew Poole. Once we get into the rhythm of the study, you can probably keep up with this reading in only minutes per day (the amount of Poole reading this first week is unusual). c. If you are wanting to go yet further, follow along in E.B. Elliott's Horae Apocalypticae. Elliott's work is compelling; but, be warned, it is fair amount of reading.

May the Most High God bless your studies this week.

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  • Reading Difficult Books:  A Personal Reminiscence by Dr. Steven Dilday (Sept. 9) Why Study the History of Interpretation? (Sept. 9) Getting the Most out of Matthew Poole's  Synopsis  (Sept. 9) Preface to the Synopsis :  Romans-Revelation  (Sept. 11) Note:  This is a fair amount of reading, but it is worthwhile to get acquainted with the interpreters of greatest note.  However, you can scan down to the interpreters on the Book of Revelation, and simply familiarize yourself with them. Revelation's Authority and Authorship  (Sept. 12) Note:  This material is worth working through in some detail.  Exciting! Revelation's Utility, Difficulty, and Scope  (Sept. 13) Read with care. Hermeneutical Rules pertaining to Revelation (Sept. 14) This reading is not for the faint-of-heart.  Dig into it.  If you do not feel like you have mastered it, don't worry:  We will visit these concepts over and over again in our discussions. Revelation's Time, Form and Method, and Argument (Sept. 15) This is the last of the difficult reading; be strong.  If you do not feel like you have mastered it, don't worry:  We will visit these concepts over and over again in our discussions. Preface to Poole's English Annotations  on Revelation  (Sept. 16) If Poole's breakdown of the issues of special introduction pertain to Revelation left your head spinning, you will want to read Dr. Collinges summary.  [Note:  Dr. Collinges was among the ministers that completed Poole's  English Annotations  after his death.]
  • If you want to go deeper, reading is a must. E.B. Elliott's  Horae Apocalyticae , four volumes, fifth edition. ​ C.H. Spurgeon calls it "the standard work on the subject", and it is, in my estimation, the single best resource on Revelation.  It is both an exegetical and historical masterpiece, filled with wonderful and rare information.  However, in four volumes, it is an extensive amount of reading.  You will want the fifth edition. ​ There is a relatively inexpensive digital edition available here . ​ Printed copies are available here . ___________________________________ An abridged edition of Elliott's  Horae Apocalypticae  is available .  The advantage:  You can get the gist with less reading.  However, the loss is significant; most of the persuasive power of Elliott's work is in the painstaking attention to detail.  And we are trying to get beyond mere opinion... ___________________________________ Matthew Poole's  Synopsis of Biblical Interpreters:  Revelation 1-11  is a verse-by-verse history of interpretation.  Originally composed in Latin, a translation will provided for this class. ___________________________________ James Durham's  Learned and Complete Commentary  is practical and full of the sweetness of Christ Himself. __________________________________ Although I am not able to follow Gregory Beale in his general approach to the Book of Revelation, his  Book of Revelation  is frequently helpful in matters of detail and difficulty.
  • Check out the WEEK 1 Videos .
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Dr. Steven Dilday holds a BA in Religion and Philosophy from Campbell University, a Master of Arts in Religion from Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia), and both a Master of Divinity and a  Ph.D. in Puritan History and Literature from Whitefield Theological Seminary.  He is also the translator of Matthew Poole's Synopsis of Biblical Interpreters and Bernardinus De Moor’s Didactico-Elenctic Theology.

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