Sigve K. Tonstad ’79-A recently published a commentary on Revelation as part of the Paideia New Testament commentary series. In this practical commentary, Dr. Tonstad offers a nonretributive reading of Revelation and addresses the issue of divine violence.
Several scholars have read and endorsed Dr. Tonstad’s commentary of Revelation. “Tonstad’s remarkable commentary offers a comprehensive reading of Revelation that is both literarily sensitive and theologically incisive. With careful attention to the text’s engagement with Israel’s scriptures, Tonstad interprets Revelation as a christologically centered disclosure of the astonishing, counterintuitive triumph of God’s love over the cosmic power of evil,” said Richard B. Hays, George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament, Duke Divinity School (emeritus).
In addition to his medical degree, Dr. Tonstad earned a PhD in New Testament studies from the University of St. Andrews. He is a research professor of biblical interpretation and assistant professor of medicine at Loma Linda University.
Dr. Tonstad says it has been his calling to write substantive books on Adventist themes from a biblical studies perspective. His field is primarily the New Testament, but he has written on topics not strictly limited to that part of the Bible with his Sabbath book as the prime example. His medical background as well as his interest in the Holocaust are shaping elements in his pursuits. Add to this an interest in ecology and non-human suffering, and the picture will be complete. The latter is a concern that feeds off the Bible and medicine alike.