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Now Available in Paperback! More than any other New Testament writing the Book of Revelation demands commentary. Its often-bewildering text is easily open to less than scholarly interpretation. Father Harrington brings his scholarship to the Book of Revelation and conveys its Christian message. He puts the work in its historical and social setting 'a first-century CE province of the Roman Empire 'and explores its social and religious background and its literary character. Through Father Harrington we hear clearly the challenge of John, the prophet, to the Churches of his time 'and to ours 'not to compromise the Gospel message. "

Scholars, pastors, and theological students who have good background in Scripture and theology will benefit much from this book. It should however, be on the shelf of every university library and seminary.Catholic Library World After an introduction, Fr. Harrington provides a new translation of each section of the writing, followed by notes which deal with matters of text and content that require clarification. He then treats the passage as a whole, by discussing its literary character, its theological significance, and its relevance to our situation. A comprehensive bibliography is included to direct readers to important modern studies.Crux One of the unique features of this volume is the printing of Harrington's continuous translation... the introduction addresses a number of the most pertinent critical issues and the notes and interpretation sections offer steady guidance.The Expository Times Have you preached from the Revelation recently? Have you taught a study of the book? Harrington's seriously pastoral and scholarly book would be an excellent place to begin.Homiletic Revelation by Fr. Wilfrid Harrington is an excellent volume in an outstanding series. The author combines scholarship with clarity of expression that makes even a difficult work like Revelation accessible to the interested reader. His new readable translation combined with his comments in the section on 'interpretation' are very helpful, informative, and illuminating of some of the most difficult passages in Scripture. The new paperback edition will be welcomed by students, pastors, professors for their classes, and enthusiasts for Scripture studies throughout the English speaking world.Dr. Leonard Doohan, Professor Emeritus, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington This commentary provides a lucid translation, clear explanatory notes and interpretation of each passage, and also applies the lessons of the Apocalypse to our contemporary experience. Fr Harrington brings a clear understanding to this difficult book above all in his highlighting of two dominant motifs, the assurance of final victory and the ongoing challenge of living in a hostile world dominated by evil and by tyrannical pagan religion. These motifs underpin the various visions and symbolic representations. He writes: 'The decisive battle in God's war against evil will not be at Armageddon; it was fought on the cross.' Fr Harrington does not shrink from asking the hard questions posed by the Book of Revelation, as for example when he asks: 'Can we honestly claim that religion, even our Christian religion, has not been tyrannical, that it does not still, in some measure, dominate?' This is a book highly to be recommended to student, preacher, professional theologian and biblical schola While the struggle between good and evil is a messy affair, Harrington's thesis that Revelation provides a positive perspective for Christians is convincing in detail and substance.The Canadian Catholic Review

Editor's Prefacep. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Abbreviationsp. xvii
Introduction
Literary Formp. 1
Authorship and Datep. 8
Backgroundp. 9
Purposep. 12
Lines of Interpretationp. 14
An Outlinep. 17
Theological Perspectivesp. 23
General Bibliographyp. 39
Translation, Notes, Interpretation
Prologue, Address, and Inaugural Vision
Prologue (1:1-3)p. 43
The Address (1:4-8)p. 45
Vision of One Like a Son of Man (1:9-20)p. 49
The Messages to the Seven Churches
Message to Ephesus (2:1-7)p. 54
Message to Smyrna (2:8-11)p. 58
Message to Pergamum (2:12-17)p. 60
Message to Thyatira (2:18-29)p. 63
Message to Sardis (3:1-6)p. 67
Message to Philadelphia (3:7-13)p. 69
Message to Laodicea (3:14-22)p. 73
The Scroll Vision
The Heavenly Temple (Ch. 4)p. 78
The Lamb and the Scroll (Ch. 5)p. 83
The Seven Seals
The First Four Seals (6:1-8)p. 89
The Fifth Seal (6:9-11)p. 92
The Sixth Seal (6:12-17)p. 95
The Sealing of the Faithful (7:1-8)p. 97
Song of Victory (7:9-17)p. 100
The Seventh Seal (8:1-5)p. 103
The Seven Trumpets
The First Four Trumpets (8:6-13)p. 105
The Fifth Trumpet (First Woe) (9:1-12)p. 108
The Sixth Trumpet (Second Woe) (9:13-21)p. 111
The Open Scroll (Ch. 10)p. 114
The Temple Measured (11:1-2)p. 118
The Two Witnesses (11:3-14)p. 120
The Seventh Trumpet (11:15-19)p. 125
The Woman and the Dragon
The Woman and the Dragon (12:1-6)p. 128
Victory in Heaven (12:7-12)p. 131
Dragon and Woman (12:13-18)p. 135
The Two Beasts
The First Beast (13:1-10)p. 137
The Second Beast (13:11-18)p. 142
Salvation and Judgment
The Companions of the Lamb (14:1-5)p. 146
Proclamation of Judgment (14:6-13)p. 149
The Harvest (14:14-16)p. 153
The Vintage (14:17-20)p. 156
The Last Plagues
Song of Moses and the Lamb (15:1-4)p. 158
The Angels of the Bowls (15:5-16:1)p. 160
The First Four Bowls (16:2-9)p. 162
The Fifth Bowl (16:10-11)p. 165
The Sixth Bowl (16:12-16)p. 165
The Seventh Bowl (16:17-21)p. 168
The Harlot and the Beast
The Harlot and the Beast (Ch. 17)p. 170
The End of Babylon
The Fall of Babylon (18:1-8)p. 176
Dirges Over Babylon (18:9-19)p. 179
The Judgment of Babylon (18:20-24)p. 182
The Vindication of God's People (19:1-10)p. 185
The End of Evil
The End of the Beasts (19:11-21)p. 189
The End of Satan (20:1-10)p. 195
The Last Judgment (20:11-15)p. 202
The New Jerusalem
The New Heaven and Earth (21:1-8)p. 206
The New Jerusalem (21:9-22:5)p. 212
Epilogue and Conclusion
Epilogue and Conclusion (22:6-21)p. 220
Excursus: Positive Eschaton Only: Revelation and "Universal Salvation"p. 229
Complete Translationp. 237
Indexes
Principal Ancient Parallelsp. 261
Subjectsp. 267
Authorsp. 269
Supplemental Bibliographyp. 273
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ISBN: 9780814659779
ISBN-10: 0814659772
Series: Sacra Pagina
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st April 2008
Publisher: Michael Glazier Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.42