Revelation

Headline for 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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  • 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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The Book of Revelation (NICNT) by Robert H. Mounce

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  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on Revelation
  • Tom Schreiner - recommended: "an excellent and lucid interpretation of the book"

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Revelation (NIVAC) by Craig S. Keener

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

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The Book of Revelation (NIGTC) by G.K. Beale

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  • Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on Revelation
  • 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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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"
  • 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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The Revelation to John by Stephen S. Smalley

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  • 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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A Commentary on the Revelation of John by George Eldon Ladd

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  • 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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Revelation (NAC) by Paige Patterson

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Revelation: Four Views by Steve Gregg

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Revelation (TNTC) by Leon L. Morris

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Revelation 1-7, 8-22 (Wycliffe Exegetical Commentary) by Robert L. Thomas

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  • Tom Schreiner - recommended: "a thorough commentary from the dispensational premillennial viewpoint"

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Revelation (Teach the Text) by J. Scott Duvall

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Revelation (Preaching the Word) by James M. Hamilton, Jr.

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The Message of Revelation (BST) by Michael Wilcock

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Revelation 1-11 and 12-21 (MNTC) by John MacArthur

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Revelation (Interpretation) by M. Eugene Boring

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Hebrews ~ Revelation (EBC) by Alan F. Johnson

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Revelation (WBSC) by Richard K. Eckley

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The Revelation of Saint John (BNTC) by G.B. Caird

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

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Triumph of the Lamb: A Commentary on Revelation by Dennis E. Johnson

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

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Reading Revelation Responsibly by Michael J. Gorman

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

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