Unspoiled Endings: Reclaiming the Book of Revelation from Misuse and Neglect

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About the Author

Christopher T. Holmes is the John H. Stembler Jr. Scholar in Residence and director of biblical and theological education at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. He is the author of The Function of Sublime Rhetoric in Hebrews (2018). He earned his PhD from Emory University.


Guides to Revelation generally tell readers what the book meant when it was written. Christopher Holmes shows us why we need to pay attention to Revelation. A natural teacher, Holmes provides the information we need in order to allow Revelation to shape our imagination, our discipleship, and our worship. --Greg Carey, professor of New Testament, Lancaster Theological Seminary, and author of Using Our Outside Voice: Public Biblical Interpretation

Unspoiled Endings is a gift to the church. It provides a clear and accessible introduction to the book of Revelation. Holmes's treatment of Revelation is attuned to its key theological themes and the way these can aid the church's worship, witness, and work in the twenty-first century. This will be a wonderful aid to church small groups and Sunday school classes who want to reclaim Revelation from the pitfalls of misuse or neglect. --Rev. Dr. Alexander P. Thompson, assistant professor of religion, Tennessee Wesleyan University; pastor of Cedar Springs and Niota United Methodist Church; and author of O Come Emmanuel: An Advent Study

In a world where Revelation is often ignored or obsessed over, Christopher Holmes offers an intelligent, approachable, nuanced, and engaging guide to this biblical text. This book offers an interpretation of Revelation that both locates it in its ancient context and demonstrates how John addresses pastoral, political, and communal issues. Holmes's excellent introduction highlights key themes like hope, prophecy, justice, and worship to point out how this ancient text continues to speak to the contemporary church. I highly recommend this for those wishing to understand Revelation more deeply. --Robyn Whitaker, associate professor of New Testament, University of Divinity, and director of the Wesley Centre for Theology, Ethics, and Public Policy