In volume one of his commentary on Revelation, Dr. Barclay makes the most difficult book in the Bible easier to understand. In his introduction, he examines areas such as the characteristics of apocalyptic literature and the nature of Caesar warship. John was, as Dr. Barclay shows, "soaked and saturated" in the Old Testament, and most of the imagery he employs is drawn from that source. Dr. Barclay does more than clarify the meaning of the imagery. His commentary covers the central issues of the book, such as the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the probable facts about John's exile on the island, and the meaning of Christ's knocking at the door.
In volume two, the reader is introduced to the many picturesque images that have become part of the very fabric of thinking: the four horses and their riders, the Antichrist, the woman clothed with the sung the beast with his number, Armageddon, the great harlot, the Millennium, the new Jerusalem. These and many other images drawn from the Revelation have so seized hold of the world's imagination that without them a good share of our best art would never have been created. Because so many of John's prophetic utterances relate to Rome, Dr. Barclay devotes many pages to describing the great city as it was under the early Caesars.
For almost fifty years and for millions of readers, The Daily Study Bible commentaries have been the ideal help for both devotional and serious Bible study. Now, with the release of The New Daily Study Bible, a new generation will appreciate the wisdom of William Barclay. With clarification of less familiar illustrations and inclusion of more contemporary language, The New Daily Study Bible will continue to help individuals and groups discover what the message of the New Testament really means for their lives.
Professor William Barclay (1907–1978) was a world-renowned New Testament interpreter and Professor of Divinity and Biblical Criticism at Glasgow University in Scotland. Having written more than fifty books, he is probably best known as the author of the seventeen New Testament volumes in The Daily Study Bible series.
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