Smith interacts with some earlier criticisms of Richard Bauckham on the exegesis offered by Smith on the tribes of Revelation 7. For Smith, what is at stake in their discussion is whether the apostle John demonstrated literary competence, making purposeful creative use of traditional imagery and expectations to communicate a clear message.
What is the role of the analogy of faith in exegesis? Is it possible to abuse this freedom in the way a specific passage is interpreted? This article looks at a number of such abuses that occur especially in eschatological passages and proposes a remedy. Examples include: Revelation 3:21, Revelation 7:4, 2 Thessalonians 2:3.