Through a critical examination of the seven letters to the churches in Revelation, it becomes apparent that they hold a vital key to the entire door of the Apocalypse. The place of the seven letters is significant. They are to historical churches and representative of the church universal. The structure of an epistle is noteworthy for a correct interpretation. Also, the relationship between the letters and the rest of the book is evident. These letters open the curtain to a correct understanding of the church today. Aspects of the nature, fallibility and mission of the church are demonstrated in these letters. It is clear they are intended to assist in understanding the whole of the book and in applying the book to the church today…
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The full question:
Critically examine the place of the seven letters to the churches in the whole book, and what we can learn about the Church’s nature, fallibility and mission, from them?
These books are ordered from the most useful to the least used resource in my research. There are a few journal articles and websites at times as well. (scroll down to the end for my essay on the topic)
Revelation: The Compassion and Protection of Christ – Gardner, Paul
The Book of Revelation: A Commentary on the Greek Text – Beale, G. K.
Apocalypse Now and Then: Reading Revelation Today – Barnett, Paul
The Book of Revelation – Mounce, Robert H.
Revelation – Wall, Robert W.
What Christ Thinks of the Church – Stott, John
Revelation – Keener, Craig S.
The Revelation of Saint John the Divine – Farrer, Austin
More than Conquerors: An Interpretation of the Book of Revelation – Hendriksen, William
The Book of Revelation: An Introduction and Commentary – Morris, Leon
Understanding the Seven Churches – Welton, Jonathan
Letters to the Seven Churches of Asia in Their Local Setting – Hemer, Colin J.