Local author Bob Dowell has published the final installment Understanding the Bible: Head and Heart — Part Three: Romans through Revelation in his three-book series.
The books give readers a new perspective on the Bible with a prose summary and a poetic summary of each part.
Dowell, a retired English professor, will be signing books from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at Barn White, 4317 N. 10th Street in McAllen.
Here’s an excerpt from Romans through Revelation:
From the radiant throne come flashes of lightning and peals
of rumbling thunder periodically
And also seen are seven blazing lamps, the seven spirits of
God, the Holy Spirit symbolically.
In front of the throne is what appears to be a sea of glass,
crystal clear, and at its center stand
The four living creatures: one like a lion, one like an ox, one
like an eagle, and one like a man
Each has six wings covered with eyes front and back, such
are the living creatures everyone
Singing, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who is,
who was, and who is to come.”
Each time the living creatures praise God with these words
the twenty-four elders fall face down
Laying their crowns before the throne and saying, “You are
worthy, O Lord God most renowned
To receive glory and honor and power, for You created all
things, and they so exist by Your will.”
Thus, the Lord God is presented symbolically: He in terms
of emanating light and His power real
In terms of emanating thunder and lightning; the
twenty-four elders represent God’s people sure
For twenty-four is multiple of twelve, symbolic number for
God’s people in apocalyptic literature.
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IF YOU GO …
Bob Dowell book signing
WHEN: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27; 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28
WHERE: Barn White, 4317 N. 10th Street, McAllen