Revelation Commentary: Which would you choose?

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ChrisJuloya

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I have checked some reviews and threads regarding the commentary on the Book of Revelation and based on most people, the suggestions would be Hendricksen's More than Conquerors, and Johnson's Triumph of the Lamb.

With what I have read, these books are not too technical but at the same time enough for a lay-person.

To give context, I am currently taking my Bachelor's Degree on Theological Studies and one of my elective subjects, Revelations, require me to read at least a 300 page book.

Do you think these books would be a good additional reading?

What can you say about The Theology of The Book of Revelations by Richard Bauckham compared to the above mentioned books?

Or would you have a different suggestion?

(At the same time, I also need one for my Ephesians course for the same purpose and use )

Thanks for all your help!
 

Stephen L Smith

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Greg Beale's commentary on Revelation is one of the best.
In terms of an expositional commentary, I also like
Revelation (Reformed Expository Commentary) by Richard D. Phillip

In terms of Ephesians my favourite ones are by O'Brien and Charles Hodge.
 

ChrisJuloya

Puritan Board Freshman
But wouldn't Beale's be too technical?

Yeah I'm thinking of O'Brien's but also leaning towards Hendricksen's.

The REC series has been suggested a lot. Was thinking of getting Hebrews from this series taking it slow before getting William Lane's.
Greg Beale's commentary on Revelation is one of the best.
In terms of an expositional commentary, I also like
Revelation (Reformed Expository Commentary) by Richard D. Phillip

In terms of Ephesians my favourite ones are by O'Brien and Charles Hodge.
 

Regi Addictissimus

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Beale - Revelation: A Shorter Commentary. This one has a lot of meat without being too technical. It is hard to beat Beale on Revelation.
Dr. Joel R. Beeke - Revelation: Lectio Continua. This volume was edited from hos sermons on Revelation. These sermons were some of the finest he preached.
 

ChrisJuloya

Puritan Board Freshman
Interesting. I read reviews on the shorter commentary and the response is good. Most people even mentioned that it is better than the full version, as what you said.

Would Beale's present the different views as well or is it strictly on the Amill view?

Beale - Revelation: A Shorter Commentary. This one has a lot of meat without being too technical. It is hard to beat Beale on Revelation.
 

BayouHuguenot

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Would Beale's present the different views as well or is it strictly on the Amill view?

He leans amil but his commentary is so much more than that. Beale is explaining the worldview in which the apostles found themselves as John wrote Revelation. Millennial discussions should always take a back seat to what the text actually says.
 

ChrisJuloya

Puritan Board Freshman
Indeed. I was just asking since a lot of commentaries discuss the different views and kind of thinking also that it may be a helpful for me if that is going to be discussed as well. But I guess the Millennial Maze by Grenz, a required reading, would cover that part.

He leans amil but his commentary is so much more than that. Beale is explaining the worldview in which the apostles found themselves as John wrote Revelation. Millennial discussions should always take a back seat to what the text actually says.
 

greenbaggins

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Beale is hands down the best commentator we have on Revelation. I read the entirety of the longer commentary when I was preaching through the book. It was absolutely spectacular. I haven't read the shorter commentary, but I imagine it is just what you would want. I also enjoyed Johnson's book, which I think is better than Hendriksen. You might also want to check out Resseguie's commentary, which doesn't have a full 300 pages. Bauckham's book isn't bad, but his Climax of Prophecy is better. If you must have a 300 page book, I would go with Beale first, then Johnson. I don't have Phillips or Beeke, alas, since they were published after I finished preaching through the book. I did enjoy also, though, Doug Kelly's Mentor commentary, though I wouldn't put it on the level of Beale or Johnson.
 

TheInquirer

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Another vote for Beale. I have only read a good chunk out of the larger version but I would imagine the smaller would be excellent.

I am intrigued by everything Beeke does and plan on picking up his commentary at some point.

I have worked with both Hendriksen and Johnson and if I recall, would probably give the edge to Johnson as well. I think both of those get less into the details and stick to a higher level theological message of the book/thematic type approach. They are a good supplement to Beale in that case.

Millenial Maze is great but only focuses on that particular issue. However, for a book that I think seems very fair in representing each millenial view and critiquing, it is excellent and would recommend to anyone.
 

ChrisJuloya

Puritan Board Freshman
Thanks for the responses! I will be getting Beale's but still thinking if I can (or should) get Johnson's at this time.

Also, while it is a bit off the topic, would you know of a book/commentary on Ephesians that is of the same level as Beale's or Johnson's? (Not too technical yet full of meat)
 

Regi Addictissimus

Completely sold out to the King
Thanks for the responses! I will be getting Beale's but still thinking if I can (or should) get Johnson's at this time.

Also, while it is a bit off the topic, would you know of a book/commentary on Ephesians that is of the same level as Beale's or Johnson's? (Not too technical yet full of meat)

Harold W. Hoehner and Clinton E. Arnold is what you want in Ephesians. John Eadie is my favorite commentator on Paul's Epistles but you really need to know Greek to get the most out of him.
 

ChrisJuloya

Puritan Board Freshman
Thanks for the warning. I did read and study, Horton's Introduction to Covenant Theology, Michael Brown and Zach Keele's Sacred Bond, O. Palmer Robertson's Christ of the Covenants, even Denault's Baptist Distinctives on Covenant Theology, and at my own pace currently reading Witsius' Economy of the Covenants.

But yeah, Kline may be too much for me as of the moment. Was asking because it too is one of the options on the suggested (not required) books for my Doctrine of End Times course.

I would steer you away from Kline until you have a really solid grasp of Covenant Theology.
 

TheInquirer

Puritan Board Freshman
Peter O Brien is excellent on Ephesians but has been pulled out of print due to some plagiarism issues. If you can find it for a reasonable price, grab it.

I havent found another commentator that goes to the extent Beale did with Revelation.
 

ChrisJuloya

Puritan Board Freshman
Hoener's the one with 900+ pages right? Maybe Arnold's. But compared to Hendricksen's commentary on Ephesians, would you say Arnold's would be better?

Harold W. Hoehner and Clinton E. Arnold is what you want in Ephesians. John Eadie is my favorite commentator on Paul's Epistles but you really need to know Greek to get the most out of him.
 

Andrew P.C.

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I have checked some reviews and threads regarding the commentary on the Book of Revelation and based on most people, the suggestions would be Hendricksen's More than Conquerors, and Johnson's Triumph of the Lamb.

With what I have read, these books are not too technical but at the same time enough for a lay-person.

To give context, I am currently taking my Bachelor's Degree on Theological Studies and one of my elective subjects, Revelations, require me to read at least a 300 page book.

Do you think these books would be a good additional reading?

What can you say about The Theology of The Book of Revelations by Richard Bauckham compared to the above mentioned books?

Or would you have a different suggestion?

(At the same time, I also need one for my Ephesians course for the same purpose and use )

Thanks for all your help!

Depends what you’re looking for. If you want a more classical position then I’d suggest works like:

James Durham’s Commentary on Revelation

E.B. Elliot’s Horae Apocalypticae

Thomas Goodwin’s Third volume of his works, which has a commentary on revelation.
 

ChrisJuloya

Puritan Board Freshman
Yeah. Thought of O'brien's as well. Has been the top commentary for a long time now. Maybe if I find a good deal on it.

Peter O Brien is excellent on Ephesians but has been pulled out of print due to some plagiarism issues. If you can find it for a reasonable price, grab it.

I havent found another commentator that goes to the extent Beale did with Revelation.
 

BayouHuguenot

Puritanboard Clerk
Peter O Brien is excellent on Ephesians but has been pulled out of print due to some plagiarism issues.

Oh no. I didn't know that. I've heard great things about O'Brien.

Someone mentioned Clinton Arnold on Ephesians. Not an actual commentary, but still outstanding source material. Highly recommended.
 

ChrisJuloya

Puritan Board Freshman
Thank you everyone for your suggestions! I did purchase Beale's shorter commentary and would probably be looking at Triumph of the Lamb after.

As for the Ephesians, I found a Hendricksen on Amazon for 8usd and went with it.

Again, thanks for all your help! So much toiling for me after this. :D
 
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