I HAVE TWO FORTHCOMING COMMENTARIES
(This notice was updated on January 21, 2020)
MY REVELATION COMMENTARY
Thanks for your interest in my Revelation commentary titled: The Divorce of Israel: A Redemptive-Historical Interpretation of Revelation. I completed its research and writing in early 2016 and submitted it to the publisher at that time. It will be a two-volume set of a little over 1800 pages.
The publisher is Tolle Lege Press. Due to the size and complexity of the work (deeply exegetical; voluminously footnoted; technical use of biblical languages; and so forth) and the unexpected reduction of Tolle Lege’s staff, it has taken them much longer than anticipated to complete.
In July 2019, they notified me that they did not meet their deadline of completing the layout and proofing by the end of that Spring. In response to my late June (2019) inquiry, I received this message from one of the Publisher’s officials, who is overseeing the project:
“It’s a massive project. It’s being diligently worked on as quickly as possible to avoid doing a poor job. It’s taking a lot of time to get through editing, proofing, updating. Every week a new section is completed. Last I sent an update they were nearly finished with the first volume completely and partway through the second.”
In December, 2019, the publisher began discussions with another publisher to co-publish it. Unfortunately, the other publisher cannot get to it (if at all!) until June 2020. This grieves me. I encourage you to pray that the other publisher would come on board to finish this lingering project. This work will be my magnum opus, but I hope not my postmortem. I really do not want it to be published posthumously. I would like to see what I say!
I will update this notice on my PostmillennialWorldview site as I get significant new reports regarding its potential publication.
In the meantime, you might appreciate two introductory works to Revelation that I have written: The Book of Revelation Made Easy, which hits the high points of Revelation, explaining the fundamentals of its preterist interpretation. Navigating the Book of Revelation, which focuses on several key issues of debate in the preterist interpretation of Revelation. They are available at my website: KennethGentry.com.
MY MATTHEW 21-25 COMMENTARY
I am also working on a commentary on Matthew 21–25, a discrete unit in Matthew’s Gospel. This is the narrative setting of the Olivet Discourse, Jesus’ climactic discourse of the five around which Matthew’s Gospel is constructed. The working title for this project is Olivet in Context: A Commentary on Matthew 21-25.
This literary unit is clearly marked off by Christ’s important movements (along with other editorial markers which I will present in my study): It opens with his coming (Gk.: erchomai, Matt. 21:1, 9) into Jerusalem (recorded for the only time in Matthew) to declare the judgment of the nation of Israel (Matt. 23:37–24:34). It closes with his coming (Gk.: erchomai, Matt. 25:31) to the world (in his Second Advent) to execute the judgment of all the nations (Matt. 25:31–46).
Thus, this distinct section in Matthew opens with prophecies about the conclusion of Israel’s special role in the history of the world (as the old covenant typological work ends). And it closes with the conclusion of world history itself (as the new covenant redemptive work is completed). All that is in between in Matthew 21–25 is designed to affirm his authority to do so — both over the nation of Israel and the nations of the world.
Consequently, as Matthew presents these crucial scenes: Jesus comes into Jerusalem in the presence of the Jewish crowds (Matt. 21:9) as the Messiah who will be rejected. Then at the end of this section, he comes to the world and gathers all nations before him, as the Lord who will judge all men, saving the elect and judging the non-elect. In this section, the transition from the AD 70 judgment of Israel to that which it pictures, the Second Advent at history’s end, occurs in Matt. 24:34-36.
This is a significant concern of Matthew since he is the only Gospel writing who provides Jesus’ Missionary Discourse, which limits the Disciples ministry to Israel. It is also significant in that Matt. 21-25 greatly emphasizes Jesus’ authority — and authority over Israel and the nations. This section is important to getting to Matthew’s conclusion: the Great Commission over all nations. Interestingly, Matthew intentionally ends his Gospel on an open note, with Christ on the earth giving his promise that he will be with his church “all the days” (literally). Unlike Luke, he does not mention his Ascension into heaven where he leaves the Disciples behind.
As one important feature of my commentary on Matthew 21–25, I will more fully draw out the transition occurring in Matthew 24:34–36 than in my The Olivet Discourse Made Easy. This is crucial for showing that Jesus is not simply a Jewish sage, interested only in the destiny of Israel and functioning as another John the Baptist, as it were. Rather, he is the universal Lord with all authority in heaven and on earth (Matt. 28:18–19), determining the destiny of all men while functioning as the Lord of lords and King of kings.
The commentary will not be as large as the Revelation commentary. Nor will it be as small as The Olivet Discourse Made Easy. It will be “just right” — you might say, if you are a Goldilocks fan (as I am sure all of you are). I am aiming at somewhere around 250 to 300 pages. It will be semi-technical, but quite accessible. I hope to have it available in late 2020 or early 2021.