A Rewarding Read! "Lee Harmon's REVELATION: THE WAY IT HAPPENED represents an important contribution to our understanding of the mysterious Book of Revelation and early Christianity. He interprets it against the backdrop of the Jewish War in the late 60's A.D. that saw the destruction of the Temple and a huge number of Jewish deaths.
John, the author of the book of Revelation, uses Josephus' monumental account in The Jewish War. Harmon astutely observes that Christians of the time, like the Jewish people, had to reflect on what this "war to end all wars" meant for understanding history and the coming messianic kingdom. The Book of Revelation, Harmon contends, provides just this reflection, noting what has already taken place, what is currently happening and what is likely to transpire in the future. All this Harmon carefully decodes in a well argued historical manner.
The author's style is clear, lucid and interesting. His dialogue between father and son allows Harmon to explore alternate interpretations for this intriguing text. It is a challenging read -- not because of Harmon's style -- but because of the tantalizing symbolism the Book of Revelation itself uses drawing as it does on Jewish apocalyptic imagery derived from the Book of Daniel, Zechariah and especially Ezekiel.
REVELATION: THE WAY IT HAPPENED is a rewarding read and it opens up for us a new understanding of what this canonical text might mean. Finally someone has detected a plausible historical fit and this represents a superb achievement."
--Barrie Wilson, Professor, Humanities and Religious Studies, York University, Toronto, author How Jesus Became Christian.
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