New Volume Elucidates Book of Revelation
Understanding the Book of Revelation, a new book by Jay A. Parry and FARMS board member Donald W. Parry, published by Deseret Book, elucidates John the Beloved's stirring vision found in the book of Revelation. The authors draw upon the scriptures, the teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith and other LDS Church leaders, and insights from Bible scholars to offer a phrase-by-phrase (sometimes word-by-word) commentary on all 22 chapters of Revelation.
The book includes background information for understanding John's rich imagery and symbolism. For example, the notes and commentary for each chapter are preceded by a helpful overview, and six appendixes offer additional information such as a convenient list of the key symbols John used and their interpretations.
The authors believe that the most important aspect of the book of Revelation is that it reveals Jesus Christ to us. The first chapter presents a view of the glorious resurrected Lord, and every subsequent chapter throughout the book sets forth doctrines pertaining to his atoning sacrifice, his love and mercy, his divine judgments upon the wicked, and his rewards for the righteous. The authors emphasize that, as a Christ-centered text, the book of Revelation teaches us many important truths about Christ's divine mission, mortal ministry, atoning sacrifice, resurrection, kingship, and glory.
According to BYU professor of church history and doctrine Susan Easton Black, Understanding the Book of Revelation is an insightful commentary that clarifies "the veiled, symbolic language of John. . . . This is must reading!" Richard D. Draper, a BYU professor of ancient scripture with expertise in the book of Revelation, considers the Parrys' new book to be "well written, clearly presented, conveniently organized, and doctrinally sound. A fine resource on a difficult but compelling subject." FARMS members can obtain the book at the regular 20 percent discount through FARMS (see the order form) or at participating bookstores.