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Best Bible Commentaries on Revelation

Revelation is the twenty-seventh book of the New Testament. Authorship is traditionally attributed to John son of Zebedee. The book is written to the seven churches of Asia Minor, mentioned in chapters two and three. Revelation was written to encourage believers under persecution and to remind readers that they should have hope because Christ wins in the end. Commentaries on Revelation often address the various end times theologies found among Christians today, the meaning of the symbolism found throughout the book, and the glory of Christ and his triumph over Satan.

Revelation (BECNT) by Grant R. Osborne

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Accolades:

  • D.A. Carson: "accessible...especially good at laying out what the options are"
  • Tom Schreiner - recommended: "a clear exposition from the premillennial perspective"
  • Keith Mathison: #5 ranked commentary on Revelation, "Osborne’s commentary is particularly helpful in providing historical background information on the people, places, and things mentioned in the biblical text."

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
The Book of Revelation (NICNT) by Robert H. Mounce

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Accolades:

  • D.A. Carson: a "best buy" on Revelation, "a learned and well-written work that not only explains the text satisfactorily in most instances but also introduces the student to the best of the secondary literature"
  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on Revelation
  • Tom Schreiner - recommended: "an excellent and lucid interpretation of the book"

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From the publisher: "Written for scholars, pastors, and lay readers alike...undertaken to provide earnest students of the New Testament with an exposition that is thorough and abreast of modern scholarship and at the same time loyal to the Scriptures as the infallible Word of God."

Revelation (NIVAC) by Craig S. Keener

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Accolades:

  • D.A. Carson: "devotes appropriate attention to thoughtful application"
  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on Revelation

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
The Book of Revelation (NIGTC) by G.K. Beale

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Accolades:

  • Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on Revelation
  • D.A. Carson: a "best buy" on Revelation, "for students and well-trained pastors...combines comprehensiveness with biblical fidelity, exegesis with theology, and literary sensitivity with historical awareness"
  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on Revelation
  • Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on Revelation, "Beale’s commentary contains a wealth of information and should be consulted by any serious student of Scripture"
  • Tom Schreiner - recommended: "a massive and learned commentary from an amillennial perspective"

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From the publisher: "At a time when the study of Greek is curtailed in many schools of theology, we hope that the NIGNT will demonstrate the continuing value of studying the Greek New Testament... the volumes of the NIGNT are for students who want something less technical than a full-scale critical commentary... the supreme aim of this series is to serve those who are engaged in the ministry of the Word of God and thus glorify God's name."

Revelation 1-5, 6-16, and 17-22 (WBC) by David E. Aune

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  • Tom Schreiner - recommended, "excellent on background, but lacking theologically"
  • D.A. Carson: a "best buy" on Revelation, "the prose is accessible, the arguments often elegant"
  • Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on Revelation, "Aune is very helpful with the details of the text and the details of extrabiblical literature. He is not as helpful when it comes to the point of understanding what the book means, its message and theology."

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
The Revelation to John by Stephen S. Smalley

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Accolades:

  • D.A. Carson: "a competent piece of work"
  • Tom Schreiner - recommended: "a helpful English commentary"
  • Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on Revelation, "I believe his view of the dating of the book is essentially correct...that the book was written in the reign of Vespasian (AD 69-79), just before the fall of Jerusalem to Titus in AD 70."

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
A Commentary on the Revelation of John by George Eldon Ladd

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Accolades:

  • D.A. Carson: "detects more futurist elements in Revelation than do many commentators writing in the last half century"
  • Tom Schreiner - recommended: "a lucid interpretation from the historical premillennial viewpoint"
  • Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on Revelation, "Despite differing with Ladd’s millennial view, I believe his commentary still contains a wealth of interpretive insight."

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
Revelation: Four Views by Steve Gregg

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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Revelation 1-7, 8-22 (Wycliffe Exegetical Commentary) by Robert L. Thomas

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Accolades:

  • D.A. Carson: "uphold, competently enough, pretribulational premillennialism"
  • Tom Schreiner - recommended: "a thorough commentary from the dispensational premillennial viewpoint"

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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
  • Scholars/professors doing research
  • Scholars/professors teaching advanced courses
Revelation (NAC) by Paige Patterson

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From the publisher: "The New American Commentary is introduced to bridge the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This new series has been designed primarily to enable pastors, teachers, and students to read the Bible with clarity and proclaim it with power."

Revelation (TNTC) by Leon L. Morris

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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Revelation (Teach the Text) by J. Scott Duvall

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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Revelation (Preaching the Word) by James M. Hamilton, Jr.

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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The Message of Revelation (BST) by Michael Wilcock

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The "the three distinctives of The Bible Speaks Today series are (1) "BST authors are committed to a serious study of the text in its own integrity," (2) that "expositors should not be antiquarians, living only in the remote past" but suggest application for living, and (3) "each book is intended to be both readable in style and manageable in size."

Hebrews ~ Revelation (EBC) by Alan F. Johnson

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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Reading Revelation Responsibly by Michael J. Gorman

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Accolades:

  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on Revelation

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
Revelation 1-11 and 12-21 (MNTC) by John MacArthur

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Revelation (Interpretation) by M. Eugene Boring

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Revelation (WBSC) by Richard K. Eckley

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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The Revelation of Saint John (BNTC) by G.B. Caird

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Accolades:

  • Tom Schreiner - recommended: "a provocative and helpful interpretation"

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
Triumph of the Lamb: A Commentary on Revelation by Dennis E. Johnson

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Accolades:

  • Tom Schreiner - recommended: "a helpful and clear exposition for busy pastors from an amillennial perspective"

Audience:

  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help