Understanding Prophecy: A Biblical-Theological Approach By: Alan S. Bandy & Benjamin L. Merkle
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Will Read Again
(LOWER IS BETTER FOR LAY PEOPLE)
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Table of Contents
Part 1: Introducing Biblical Prophecy
Chapter 1: Keys to Understand Prophecy
Chapter 2: What I Biblical Prophecy?
Chapter 3: Biblical Theology and Prophecy
Part 2: Old Testament Prophecies
Chapter 4: Unconditional, Conditional, and Fulfilled Prophecies
Chapter 5: Restoration Prophecies
Chapter 6: Messianic Prophecies
Part 3: New Testament Prophecies
Chapter 7: Prophecies Regarding the Coming Messiah
Chapter 8: Prophecies Regarding the Return of the Messiah (Part 1: The Gospels & Acts)
Chapter 9: Prophecies Regarding the Return of the Messiah (Part 2: The Epistles)
Chapter 10: Prophecies Regarding the Return of the Messiah (Part 3: Revelation)
Conclusion: Why Prophecy Matters
This book was 245 pages. When a book's authors write, I appreciate it when they are clear about their personal biases and then move forward with an evenhanded treatment of differing perspectives. I feel that Dr. Bandy and Dr. Merkle did an excellent job at that. They stated their personal opinions at the very early in the book and then proceeded to clearly and fairly state the different positions.
The book had a strong emphasis on the impact of hermeneutics on a person's view of prophetic writings. I found this to be very insightful as they provided a large number of example and the thinking that different systems used in their understanding of prophecy. This gave me a significantly deeper appreciation for the legitimacy and strengths of views I don't primarily hold.
On the negative side the books structure and organization is different than what I am accustomed to. While I generally appreciate presenting things in a novel way (especially after reading several books on the subject) it also made if difficult for me to anticipate what was next. Additionally, since the book is organized by types of prophecies it is a bit cumbersome to reference in relation to prophetic belief systems, which happens to be what I am currently researching. That said, if I were looking at specific groups of prophecies I might find their arraignment very beneficial.
Overall, I found this book to be very informative. By blending hermeneutic considerations along with prophecy it kept the narrative engaging an made it very readable. I also appreciated that their references to greek words was done with transliterations and not the original greek. This allowed me, as a layman, to understand what was being discussed without having to learn greek or Google original greek text.
If you are interested in a high level treatment of prophecy or a better understanding the relationship of prophecy and hermeneutics then this is a book that would be work a read. Review by: Eric (5/28/2018)