For many Bible readers, the book
of Revelation is a riddle that fascinates and frustrates. Scholars and teachers
have proposed different keys to its interpretation, including the ‘futurist’ and
historical-critical approaches. However, none of these a
demonstrates the ongoing, vital relevance of the Apocalypse for the contemporary
Brian Tabb stresses the importance of the canonical context of the book of Revelation and argues that it presents itself as the climax of biblical prophecy. He shows how various Old Testament prophecies and patterns find their consummation in the present and future reign of Jesus Christ, who decisively defeats his foes, saves his people and restores all things.
Tabb considers key biblical-theological themes: the triune God; Christ’s followers and foes; God’s plan for salvation, judgment and restoration; and God’s word. He also shows how the book’s symbolic visions shape believers’ worldviews around what is true, good and beautiful according to God’s revealed standards, and motivate them to live obediently and counter-culturally in the world as faithful witnesses to Jesus.
Brian Tabb is Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Bethlehem College and Seminary, Minneapolis, USA. He is Managing Editor of the online journal Themelios, and the author of Suffering in Ancient Worldview (LNTS) and numerous articles, essays, and reviews.