The Last Days According to Jesus, Revised and Updated Edition: When Did Jesus Say He Would Return?

R.C. Sproul is undoubtedly one of the preeminent evangelical theologians of the current period – pastor of a large church, founder of Ligonier Ministries, author of a myriad of books, and so on and so on. Most of his material is excellent, but …

By the title of this volume one can observe that The Last Days is a redo, in this case revised and updated. I have not read the original version so I have no means of comparison. However, if I had read the original, it is unlikely that I would have taken the time for the second.The Last Days According to Jesus

If you buy this book in search of a detailed analysis of the end times, you will be disappointed. You will not receive clarity or at least a clear understanding of Sproul’s views concerning future events. This volume is an analysis and criticism of preterism. In fact, Sproul states the purpose of the book in his introduction: “The purpose of this book is to evaluate moderate preterism and its view of eschatology.” There are endless quotes from preterist theologians (particularly James Stuart Russell) and Sproul’s response to them. To be fair, as quoted above, Sproul does warn us concerning the purpose of the volume right from the start in the Introduction.

I fear this volume will have an extremely limited audience. You will only need to purchase The Last Days According to Jesus if you are doing extensive research on the Bible and future events or if you are experiencing sudden attacks of insomnia.

The bottom line: Save your money on this one. But if you must purchase an R.C. Sproul book, get your hands on Knowing Scripture, you will gain valuable knowledge from that one.

Disclaimer: This book was provided to me by BakerBooks for a fair and honest review.


Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament: Philippians

The Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament: Philippians is the latest addition to this commentary series (EGGNT). Other volumes already completed are Colossians-Philemon, James, and 1 Peter. The remainder of the New Testament is scheduled for future dates.Philippians EGGNT

This review is really quite easy to undertake. EGGNT: Philippians is a technical commentary with a detailed, verse-by-verse analysis and interpretation of the entire Greek text of Philippians. Naturally, in a commentary of this sort, Hellerman provides investigation of authorship, date and occasion as well as a comprehensive outline. Of additional benefit is a section on “Recommended Commentaries” which would be useful for any student of Philippians to consider.

The book tracks out to 279 pages of commentary and then includes an Exegetical Outline, Grammar Index and Scripture Index at the end. The body of the work is a phrase-by-phrase analysis of the Greek text and thus is all-inclusive.

Because of the nature of this volume, it is, therefore, not really suited for those with no knowledge of biblical Greek. However, I suppose, if one would take the time to learn a bit of basic Greek, this volume would greatly benefit one’s study of Philippians. It should definitely be on every pastor’s shelf because it contains two helpful suggestions at the end of each outline section. One is a “For Further Study” arranged by topic and the second contains “Homiletic Suggestions.”

Pastors: Secure this volume if you have Philippians on your preaching schedule.

This book was provided to me by B&H Publishing for a fair and honest review.