More Than Conquerors

More Than Conquerors: An Interpretation of the Book of Revelation (Baker, 2015)

I initially took interest in William Hendriksen’s volume, More Than Conquerors, because this 75th Anniversary Edition attested to its longstanding popularity as a commentary on the book of Revelation. One advantage this review has was my unfamiliarity with Hendriksen’s view of prophecy. Although his love and appreciation for Scripture is clear at the outset, it is also evident that he interprets areas of prophecy inconsistently—sometimes literally, sometimes figuratively. I don’t mean one should not recognize Revelation’s figurative language—it’s everywhere! I mean one should interpret the figures of speech literally—otherwise these can mean anything. Some phrases also needn’t be taken figuratively at all. For example, his reasons for spiritualizing the “1000 years” of Revelation 20—referred to 6 times—as not a literal 1000 years is unnecessary. For amillennialists, this is likely a volume much appreciated, but for Bible students who prefer a literal interpretation of Scripture, another volume is advisable.

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