This commentary is reasonable and balanced, and provides an exceptional amount of variety and background material for a book this small.

I have to confess that I’m also pleased with the fact that so many of the author’s conclusions agree with my own! I try not to judge a book in that way, and I do believe that the quality of writing and the careful choices made in filling the pages of this book would attract me to it even if I disagreed more frequently with its conclusions. (In fact, I continue to appreciate the author’s writing on the historical Jesus, while disagreeing with many of his arguments and conclusions.)

There is no such thing as a “key” to Revelation, something that will break out the meaning of all the symbols. It’s more like learning a language than decrypting a document. This book will help you learn that language and can form the foundation of any sort of future study.

In case you hadn’t guessed, I highly recommend it.

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This is the first of its kind: an innovative socio-rhetorical commentary on the Book of Revelation. Without sacrificing scholarly perspective or academic rigor, it is written to be accessible for a wide audience – including pastors, scholars, teachers, seminarians, and interested lay people. A ‘Suggested Reading List’ – a feature of all volumes in the New Cambridge Bible Commentary – will serve as point of entry for the new student of Revelation and as a helpful annotated bibliography for all readers. Frequent ‘Closer-Look’ sections examine key elements of the Roman-Greco world that bear on the text’s meaning while ‘Bridging the Horizons’ sub-chapters connect this world with the cultural, political, and religious environments of today. The entire NRSV translation is provided throughout the text. Award-winning author Ben Witherington, III brings a New Testament-scholar’s insight and successful clergyman’s lucidity to the often opaque passages of the last book of the New Testament.



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