"The Revelation of St. John was for a long time a shut book to me. That it was necessary here to lay open a new path, that neither the course pursued in the older ecclesiastical, nor that of the modern Rationalistic exposition was to be followed, I never entertained a doubt.... The title shows that this work is intended for all who search the Scriptures. The remarks contain little of a grammatical nature. The text will present no difficulties to cultivated readers, even though not theologians, if they are only animated by the earnest desire to become thoroughly acquainted with the contents of the book....
"I commend this work, the deficiencies of which I deeply feel, to Him who has given me strength to execute it thus far, and who has rendered it to myself a source of edification and comfort."
E. W. Hengstenberg Patrick Fairbairn, D.D.
E. W. Hengstenberg (1802 - 1869) was a German Protestant theologian and exegete. He was educated by his father, a Lutheran clergyman. In preparation for his studies at the newly-founded University of Bonn (which he entered at the age of nineteen), Hengstenberg grounded himself thoroughly in philology and philosophy. Above all he gave himself to Arabic. From 1824 to 1829, he served as Professor of Theology at Berlin. In 1827 he became Editor of the Evangelische Kirchenzeitung, a medium through which he had a wide influence on the religious life of his time. He maintained an interest in defending evangelical truth with fearless daring, undaunted by the attacks of critics.