Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Primer on Preterism (Esch 351)

We will spend the next couple of months looking at texts and topics from a Preterist approach, but let’s quickly survey a couple of few features of Preterism.

1) We take the time texts seriously, letting the time language function naturally. We are willing to rethink the details of “end times” texts in light of the time indicators.

2) We carefully examine the Old Covenant prophecies to see how the prophets of old used language and symbols. We find “end times” prophetic language can be applied to specific situations, such as the end of a nation or era.


Frontier Forest said...

It’s amazing to me that for years I have heard all the Eschatologist expouse the Pre-mill, A-mill, post-mill positions, but it wasn’t until the “Left Behind” fictional series became so popular I first heard of the Preterits theory. It’s not new, so where has it been?

Eric Adams said...

Woody, preterism is not a separate millennial view. It is compatible with a-mill or post-mill.

Jay Adams is an a-mill preterist. RC Sproul is a post-mill preterist.

RC Sproul explains some of the history behind preterism in his book "The Last Days According to Jesus."

Frontier Forest said...

Great point, but still interesting that I had never heard of the term at all until the Left Behind books came out.