The year 1998 marked the quincentennial of the publication of Albrecht Durer's illustrated edition of the Apocalypse. Here Robert Smith provides an introduction to and a commentary on the book of Revelation that is keyed to the Durer woodcuts.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"Robert Smith's commentary in words and images transports readers back into the author's early Christian world more effectively than almost any other modern book. The Greco-Roman world of Ephesus and Asia Minor was right-brained, with images everywhere, for example, painted on the walls in the houses where Christians worshiped. The original audience would not only have heard but would also have seen John's images, which Smith enables modern readers to see by including Albrecht Durer's fifteen woodcuts. Interweaving explanations of John's visions and Durer's artistry enlivens imagination and memory, just as the Apocalypse must originally have done. Further, his explanations of fundamentalist, mainstream, and liberationist/feminist interpretations of numerous passages clarifies options for modern Christian readers. He also offers insightful evaluations of the theology of the Apocalypse. Smith's commentary would be very useful for any small discussion or study group trying to understand and to 'see' the point of the Revelation of John." David Balch, Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University
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Robert H. Smith (1932-2006) served as Christ Seminary-Seminex Professor of New Testament at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California. His books include: Wounded Lord: Reading John Through the Eyes of Thomas and Easter Gospels: The Resurrection of Jesus According to the Four Evangelists, as well as commentaries on Acts, Hebrews, and Matthew.