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New Cambridge Bible Commentary : Revelation - Ben Witherington

New Cambridge Bible Commentary



Published: 13th January 2004
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This book 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 serious 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 as a convenience to the reader. Award-winning author Ben Witherington III brings a New Testament scholar's insight to the often opaque passages of the last book of the New Testament.

'This is a highly accessible commentary on what most readers find the most difficult book in the New Testament. As well as relating Revelation to its late first century context and tracking its rhetorical force, Witherington strongly refutes some of the extraordinary misinterpretations of Revelation that are so influential in contemporary America. This is a commentary which a wide range of readers will find helpful for its clarity of explanation and its theological and pastoral relevance.' Professor Richard Bauckham, University of St. Andrews, Scotland 'Ben Witherington III is the General Editor for the New Cambridge Bible Commentary series; as author of this commentary on Revelation [] he is blazing a trail for the new series.' Expository Times 'Witherington's commentary on Revelation is academically rigorous, and in touch with recent scholarship giving the non-specialist reader helpful ways into the debates on the text. Difficult passages are handled with clarity. ... highly recommended for providing clear and judicious exposition, a comprehensive introduction to academic debate for the non-specialist, and stimulating reflection for contemporary Christian living.' Anvil 'This is a carefully designed, clear and well-written brief commentary on Revelation, the first in a new series The New Cambridge Bible Commentary. ... this is well-written, informative, traditional biblical studies, with some pastoral reflections.' Journal for the Study of the New Testament 'Witherington offers a 'socio-rhetorical' approach, but does this by rooting Revelation in the first century. The commentary offers suggested reading early on, and this gives a good overview of scholarship on Revelation. Witherington appears to be in touch with the major streams of thinking in the areas noted above, and his commentary is impressively concise.' Ian Paul, The Expository Times

Authorship, date and audience of the apocalypse
The resources, rhetoric and restructuring of Revelation
Revelation in its social setting in West Asia Minor
The christology of Revelation
The genre of Revelation
A brief tour of the Book of Revelation
Suggested Reading on Revelation
The genre of Revelation
Rhetorical studies
Sociological and anthropological approaches
Classical and archeological resources
History of interpretation
Important monographs
Articles of interest
Rev. 1.1-3: Visionary material: handle carefully
Rev. 1.4-1.20: The Heavenly Son of Man
Rev. 2-3: postcards from the edge
Rev. 4-5: the throne room vision
Rev. 6.1-8.5: The Seven Seals
Rev. 8.5-11: The Seven Trumpets
Rev. 12: The woman and the dragon
Rev. 13.1-14.5: 666 and his spokesman
Rev. 14.6-14.20: Three angelic messengers
Rev. 15.1-16.21: The seven eschatological plagues
Rev. 17.1-19.10: Babylon the Harlot
Rev. 19.11-21.8: The rider on the white horse, redemptive-judgment and the messianic millennium
Rev. 21.9-22.5: The tour of the New Jerusalem
Rev. 22.6-22.21: The epilogue
Appendix: A Millennial Problem
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ISBN: 9780521000680
ISBN-10: 0521000688
Series: New Cambridge Bible Commentary
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 326
Published: 13th January 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Type: Annotated