More Than Conquerors

Need a deeper understanding of the Book of Revelations and Scripture as a whole?

Title:  More Than Conquerors: An Interpretation of the Book of Revelation (75th Anniversary Edition)
Author:  William Hendriksen
Publisher:  Baker Books
Release Date:  November 3, 2015



With an uninterrupted printing history since it was first published in 1939, this classic interpretation of the book of Revelation has served as a solid resource and source of inspiration for generations. Using sound principles of interpretation, William Hendriksen unfolds the mysteries of the apocalypse gradually, always with the purpose of showing that "we are more than conquerors through Christ." Both beginning and advanced students of the Scriptures will find here the inspiration to face a restless and confusing world with a joyful, confident spirit, secure in the knowledge that God reigns and is coming again soon. This edition features a newly designed interior layout.

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As the synopsis notes, this is the 75th anniversary edition of More Than Conquerors and prior to reading this version, I have not had the pleasure of reading previous editions. Based on my run-through with this edition, I believe the only differences lies with the addition of a biographical tribute to the author, William Hendriksen, who passed away in 1982.  The rest of the book is as it had printed from the 1st to the last 24 printed editions.

This is unlike many Bible studies I've read these past few years.  The studies I've chosen are more focused in a generalized sense, pulling Biblical references throughout the Bible, and a series of Books in the Bibles such as the Gospels. And in honesty, it's been years since I've touched upon a commentary or interpretation of the Book of Revelations.  That said, what words come to mind when you think of the book of Revelations? Apocalypse or apocalyptic, condemning, terror, second coming, new beginning, and hope may all come to mind.  Personally, the Book of Revelations is a mystery, because it's prophetic yet provide a sense of hope, along with some fear to its readers.  What revelations come to mind for you? 

Dr. Hendriksen presented More Than Conquerors as a simple and easy interpretation for  laymen, beginners, experts, doubters and whoever wants a deeper understanding of the Book of Revelations, and in all, Scriptures in general.  With that as his goal, based on the fact that is is the 25th impression of this book, he has achieved it.   Within these 229 pages, Dr. Hendriksen proceeded with 6 chapters of analysis and basic understanding of Revelations to start the book off.   From chapter 7 on through chapter 14, Revelations is broken down into 7 sections, which Dr. Hendriksen believes "runs parallel  to one another. Each of them spans the entire dispensation from the first to the second coming of Christ. This period is viewed now from one aspect, now from another." (p.25) In each of these 7 sections/chapters, the focus changes from overall perspective to individual scriptural passages and their meaning and symbolic nature. 

In all, Dr. Hendriksen sees More Than Conquerors as a way for those who enjoy or sought a deeper understanding of Scripture, to see and find an appreciation for it, and a different perspective than one from a textbook per se.  The title of this book speaks more to what this book hopes to achieve, which references this Biblical verse:
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Romans 8:37-39

NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Baker Books for an honest review. 



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William Hendriksen (ThD, Princeton Theological Seminary) was professor of New Testament literature at Calvin Theological Seminary.



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