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Revelation Resources

2013 April 11
by Mike

My life has been enriched by living in the book of Revelation this year. I’ve read through it quickly and slowly; I’ve studied and dreamed; I’ve prayed inch by inch.

And I’ve been blessed by conversation partners, including these:

Michael Gorman, Reading Revelation Responsibly: Following the Lamb Into the New Creation

Richard Hays, etc., Revelation and the Politics of Apocalyptic Interpretation

Bruce Longnecker, The Lost Letters of Pergamum

Eugene Peterson, Reversed Thunder: The Revelation of John and the Praying Imagination

Barbara Generic Viagra Rossing, The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation

Greg Stevenson, A Slaughtered Lamb: Revelation and the Apocalyptic Response to Evil and Suffering

N. T. Wright, Revelation for Everyone (New Testament for Everyone)

Also, I can’t wait to get ahold of my former professor Rick Oster’s Seven Congregations in a Roman Crucible: A Commentary on Revelation 1-3

Please feel free to add in the comments section other books which have been helpful to you in studying Revelation.

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  1. Robert Bishop permalink
    April 11, 2013

    Tim Archer and Steve Ridgwell have a book entitled “Letters from the Lamb,” which is a nice treatment of the letters to the seven churches in chapters 2 & 3.

    It should also be said that several of the OT books are themselves excellent resources.

  2. April 11, 2013

    I would add “Revelation for Today: Images of Hope” by Richard L. Jeske, Fortress Press, 1983, and “Revelation through First-Century Glasses” by W.B. West, Gospel Advocate Company, 1997.

  3. April 11, 2013

    My sweet grandpa wrote a commentary on Revelation years ago. I don’t recommend it (“dry” doesn’t quite capture it), but I always admired him for taking this on.

  4. April 11, 2013

    I would also recommend a section in Grasping God’s Word By J. Scott Duvall, & J. Daniel Hays regarding apocalyptic genre. It’s not a treatment of the text but rather an explanation of a good approach. Good stuff for people learning to read the bible with respect to literary features. Also, Revelation: Four Views: A Parallel Commentary by Steve Gregg. It’s a parallel approach that is simple to understand.
    Once you get through the mechanics… and you realize the power is in the message…I have to say nothing yet has captured my heart like Reverse Thunder by Eugene Peterson. That’s not to say nothing can. With due respect to Peterson, I am expecting lectureship to thoroughly provoke our “praying imagination.”

  5. David permalink
    April 11, 2013

    Not a commentary, but William Stringfellow’s “An ethic for Christians and other aliens in a strange land” engages the book of Revelation from a very helpful perspective

  6. Lynn Waller permalink
    April 12, 2013

    When I took Revelation at ACU (mid 60’s) J. W. Roberts told us that an excellent book was Studies in the Revelation of St. John by Albertus Pieters (Eerdmans 1954). It was out of print but if we ever found one, to grab it. I have found two copies since then. Each chapter looks at one of the major symbols in the book. Another topical study I liked was Eldred Echols Haven’t You Heard There’s a War Going on?
    It’s been great hearing Rick Atchley work through Revelation here at The Hills. Am eager to hear your contribution.

  7. April 12, 2013

    Thanks. My sermons on Revelation were at Golf Course Road in January/February.

  8. Eric permalink
    April 15, 2013

    Mark Wilson’s book of Charts on Revelation is a must-have for personal study and teaching the book.

  9. April 16, 2013

    Thanks, Robert, for mentioning our book. Here’s a link, if anyone’s interested:

    I’ll second the recommendation of Peterson’s book. An older commentary that is very good is Caird’s commentary on Revelation.

  10. April 16, 2013

    Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza, The Book of Revelation. It is simply awesome. Imperial domination and social justice from a feminist perspective.

  11. Kathy permalink
    April 30, 2013

    A little book titled, “The Book of The Revelation, ” by Phillip Edgcumbe Hughes – mInter-varsity Press; Leicester,England, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, Michigan.

    As says the jacket commentator, “Hughes’ conviction that Revelation proclaims a message of relevance to the Church in every age … [is] relevant to the Church of the first century and at the same time ever applicable” is to me the corner stone of his book. The reviewer also says, “it [Revelation] is at once the renewal of the original creation in Genesis and its perfect, everlasting fulfillment.”

    In personal study, seeking out opinions of others, this book has opened so many foundational truthes of Revelation for me, easing out some of the mystical misconceptions and downright fears I’d been exposed to previously. I will always be thankful to Pastor Hughes for this book and his close following of the Holy Spirit as guide to understanding of the only apocalyptic book in the New Testament.

    I am deeply disappointed that all things have worked together making it impossible for me to accompany you in not only your first leading of the Pepperdine Lectureships but more so since you had the courage and curiosity to set The Revelation of Jesus Christ as your first theme. You are truly a master teacher-preacher, pastor and friend. I’m accompanying you in my prayers. Still miss you, dear friend but am so pleased an even greater/larger audience will be exposed to your faithfulness in study and sharing of God’s wonderful Word with those of us blessed to be on the receiving end of that sharing! Can’t wait to hear comments on this Lectureship at Pepperdine!

  12. Steve permalink
    May 28, 2013

    A recent addition from ACU/Churches of Christ is Dr. Ian Fair’s 2012 Conquering With Christ.

  13. June 6, 2013

    “Seven Deadly Spirits – The Message of Revelation’s letters for today’s church” by T. Scott Daniels was extremely helpful when I preached on the 7 churches of Asia Minor a few years ago.

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