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The Revelation of St. John

Author: William Milligan
Publisher: London : Macmillan & Co., 1887.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2d edView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: Commentaries
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Milligan
OCLC Number: 7120554
Description: xxi, 345 pages ; 19 cm
Contents: Lecture I. Introductory --
Introductory remarks --
Object of the course --
Book too frequently neglected --
Considerations calling to the study of the book --
The book a part of Scripture --
The book enjoins study of itself --
Special blessing attached to study of it --
Difficulties leading to the neglect of the Apocalypse --
Extravagance of many interpreters --
Diversity of interpretations --
Nature of figurative language --
Book intended to be understood --
Characteristics of the apocalypse --
It is given by means of vision --
The visions are presented by means of symbols --
Suited to the writer and his readers --
Drawn from familiar objects --
To be judged of with the feelings of a Jew --
Fitted to truths expressed by them --
To be understood generally --
To be interpreted always in the same way --
Care with which the book is composed --
Lecture II. Influences moulding the conception of the apocalypse --
Preliminary observations --
The apocalypse is moulded by --
Our Lord's discourse in Matt. XXIV --
Inquiry into division of Matt. XXIV --
Corresponding division of apocalypse --
St. John's recollections of the life of Jesus as contained in the fourth gospel --
The historical and prophetical books of the Old Testament --
Relation to apocalyptic literature of the time --
Lecture III. --
Part I. Structure and plan of the apocalypse --
General remarks on plan in sacred writings --
Special structure of the apocalypse --
As moulded by numbers --
The symmetry of its parts --
The synchronism of its visions --
The climactic character of its visions --
Part II. Minor Points of structure --
The principle of contrast --
The principle of anticipation --
The principle of double representations of the same thing --
The ideal and actual aspects of the object Lecture IV. The interpretation of the apocalypse --
Systems of apocalyptic interpretations considered --
The continuously historical --
Objections to this system --
Irreconcilable with the leading features of the book --
Would have rendered it useless to those addressed by it --
Further objections to this system --
Selection of events arbitrary --
Selection of events often trifling --
Hopeless disagreement of interpretations --
Erroneous character of interpretation --
General evils resulting from this system of interpretation --
The futurist --
Objections to this system --
The praeterist --
Objections to this system --
General principles of interpretation --
Apocalypse embraces the whole Christian age --
It deals with the action of great principles --
Lecture V. Design and scope of the apocalypse --
Character of the time when it was written --
Position of St. John --
History of Christ repeated in the history of His church --
The idea of conflict --
The idea of preservation --
The idea of triumph --
The believing remnant in the church --
Appearing in the epistles to the churches --
Appearing in the vision of Chap. IX --
Appearing in the description given of Babylon --
Warning against degeneracy of the church --
General character of the apocalypse --
Value of the apocalypse --
Lecture VI. Exposition of Chap. XIX:11 to XXII:5
Responsibility: by William Milligan.

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