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Highly Accessible Style

Painting of JohnThe Book of Revelation has been presented by many commentators as "sensational and incomprehensible." This is unfortunate, I believe, for on the contrary, Revelation is a wonderful Biblical book. It is very much framed by the Roman customs and ethos of the last part of the first century AD in which John of Patmos wrote. No expositor or commentator in my estimation has contributed more to Revelation's study and understanding than Dr William Barclay (1907-1978). He was formerly a Scottish author, radio and television presenter, Church of Scotland minister and Professor of Divinity and Biblical Criticism at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. He was enormously popular in his life time. He wrote and spoke in his daily radio broadcasts about Revelation and other Biblical books in simple terms to encourage and edify ordinary working men and women.

For Ordinary Folk

Jesus in GloryRevelation may be a vision of splendor but it is also written for ordinary folk, like you and I for our upbuilding and blessing. This is the approach I have taken in the hope that like those early Christians we might be built up in the Christian Faith by it. We will also view Jesus of Nazareth in a new light as the "Eternal One in Glory." He is our "Savior" now but we will see him one day as our "Glorious Lord."

Jesus the Eternal One

The Rev Dr William BarclayI owe a great debt of gratitude to the many scholarly works I have consulted over many years of study. Revelation has absorbed my energies as I have discovered more and more about it and the times in which it was written. When I started my ministry in 1970 as a young man at the Bible Training Institute on Bothwell Street in Glasgow (now the International Christian College.) Dr William Barclay was concluding a distinguished ministry as a professor at Glasgow University. Though we never crossed paths physically, he has left a deep spiritual impression on me from his writings.✞

Scriptures Come Alive

Bible with Red Cross ShadowThe Book of Revelation was written for the ordinary person, I believe. Dr Barclay more than anyone else has made the Scriptures come alive for people like me. He drew on scholarship but also wrote in a highly accessible style. I love the story which I feel sure is true that when asked to read a lesson in the Presbyterian Church he attended regularly, he pulled out the Hebrew and Greek originals from his pocket and translated them "on the fly" as he read. William Barclay's aim, as expressed in his book, "The Mind of Christ", was "to make the figure of Jesus more vividly alive, so that we may know him better and love him more." I hope and pray that this little eBook will do just that for you.✞

"William Barclay Revelation"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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