What are we to make of Isaiah's image of Mount Zion as the highest of the mountains, or Zechariah's picture of the Mount of Olives split in two, or Daniel's "beast rising out of the sea" or Revelation's "great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns"? How can Peter claim that on the day of Pentecost the prophecy of Joel was being fulfilled, with signs in heaven and wonders on earth, the sun turned to darkness and the moon to blood? The language and imagery of biblical prophecy has been the source of puzzlement for many Christians and a point of dispute for some. How ironic that is! For the prophets and seers were the wordsmiths of their time. They took pains to speak God's word clearly and effectively to their contemporaries. How should we, as citizens of the twenty-first century, understand the imagery of this ancient biblical literature? Are there any clues in the texts themselves, any principles we can apply as we read these important but puzzling biblical texts? Brent Sandy carefully considers the language and imagery of prophecy and apocalyptic, how it is used, how it is fulfilled within Scripture, and how we should read it against the horizon of our future. Clearly and engagingly written, Plowshares and Pruning Hooks is the kind of book that gives its readers a new vantage point from which to view the landscape of prophetic and apocalyptic language and imagery.
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Review 1 for Plowshares & Pruning Hooks: Rethinking the Language of Biblical Prophecy & Apocalyptic
Date:April 27, 2012
This book opens the mind to prophetic language and how it is used in biblical prophecies. If you are prepared to open your mind and get out of the literal interpretation of prophetic language, then this book is for you.
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Review 2 for Plowshares & Pruning Hooks: Rethinking the Language of Biblical Prophecy & Apocalyptic
Date:February 23, 2003
This book is an eye opening guide to prophetic literature. Some of my views are subject to be changed as I think about the scriptures and how to view endtime events. One step in the right direction is to eliminate the "sensational" aspect from biblical scriptures and this book encourages that understanding. Sandy displays a mellow attitude as he explores this subject with an open mind and what the scriptures say about reaccuring themes which show up in prophetic literature. Good book for those tired of Newspaper theology and still await for our Lord Jesus to come.