Eke Wilfred Onyema “Tesi Gregoriana Teologia” 198 - 2013, pp. 320.
Of all the themes in the book of Revelation none has proved to be more controversial than the Millennial Kingdom of Christ. Notwithstanding the very vast bibliography on the theme, there is not yet a critical history which systematically measures the adequacy of the interpretations of Rev. 20,1-10 made by different interpreters. The first part of this book sets our to fill this lacuna by making available in one place the standard exegetical responses, of the past and present, to the enigmas of Rev 20,1-10. The second part, in dialogue with scholarly opinions, offers a carefully thought out exegesis of the text containing original perspectives that help to overcome the noticeable weak points in the contributions of critical biblical scholarship on this subject. It also attempts to penetrate into the theological message hidden in the suggestive words and images in the text. After that, it goes ahead to determine an interpretative paradigm that is profitable for the pastoral and spiritual application of the theological message. The exegete and the theologian will find in this study helpful data for their research. This work can also help anyone bewildered by the millenarian prophecies often associated with Rev 20,1-10 to discern the aberrations in the text’s interpretation that are not the correct statements of it’s message and meaning.
Eke Wilfrad Onyema was born in Jos, Nigeria in 1959. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1988 after undergraduate studies in Philosophy and Theology in Nigeria. He earned his licentiate degree at the Biblical Institute, Rome and his doctorate in Biblical Theology at the Gregorian University. He teaches Sacred Scripture in a Regional Major Seminary in Nigeria.