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  • Hardcover: 411 pages
  • Publisher: Broadman & Holman Publishers (1 Nov. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805401393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805401394
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.5 x 23.6 cm
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Excellent 18 Mar. 2013
By Brian C. Davidson - Published on
Format: Hardcover
It should be noted that I read Triumph of the Lamb, More Than Conquerors and this commentary within a span of a few months. This is important to note because Triumph of the Lamb and More Than Conquerors are held in very high esteem by a generation of readers, and the NAC on Revelation is, at least in my opinion, stronger than both of these volumes. This should not be overlooked in light of the fact that I actually more closely adhere to the other two authors' eschatology than to Patterson's. Nonetheless, in terms of the commentary on Revelation (not eschatology per se) provided by the authors, this volume stands superior.

The first one-third of the volume covers a brief overview of the critical data such as authorship, date, occasion, etc. Within the same space, it launches into the first 3 to 4 chapters of Revelation including an archaeological, historical, and geographical survey of each of the 7 churches. This is both fascinating, and extraordinarily enlightening as one approaches interpretation of the letters (especially Laodicea).

The next two-thirds of the book cover the remaining 18 chapters. Patterson is an unabashed dispensationalist; however, unlike most commentators (of all eschatological persuasions), he resists the temptation to color his interpretation of verses in light of his eschatology. Rather, he allows his reading of Revelation to inform his eschatology - as it should be.

In my judgment, Patterson should be read by any believer, regardless of their eschatology because it represents an honest, unbiased reading of the text. The conclusions drawn may differ from Patterson's, but that in no way negates the value of his years of scholarship and study into the text of Revelation.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Decent Revelation Commentary 23 July 2013
By Andrew Frysword - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I was a bit surprised to see so many 5 star reviews of this book! Not that I think Patterson's commentary is 'bad' in any way, though I do think it is lacking in certain respects. So, my three star review may indicate a small disagreement as to what the nature of a commentary 'is' or should be - rather than critiquing Patterson's theological position or exegesis.

I do think there are some very good parts of the book. The second part of the commentary, in the exegesis of the first part of Revelation concerning the cities, their historical background and therefore their proper place in the exegesis of this particular part of Revelation is great. And Patterson is able to make his case for his pre-trib premil viewpoint quite nicely. If you are looking for a good, standard, pre-trib premil commentary, you would have to look no further.

However, I think Patterson does not significantly deal with other interpretations. Often, he only does show very shallowly. Again, I think a commentary should significantly deal with other interpretations, moreso than Patterson did--but, I'm not saying that literally EVERY single commentary has to. The NAC attempts to be laymen friendly I think -- so it tries to walk a fine line between overtly scholarly and down to earth. For example, Patterson's treatment of numbers and their symbology are also shallow, or often ignored. He does not go to great lengths to explain why he exegetes certain things literally and other things from the same text symbolically. And I think he also gets sidetracked at times. Near the end of the work, when the New Jerusalem descends from heaven, Patterson spends several pages telling us the mineral make-up of the various foundation stones and other geological facts, but never explains why knowing these random facts about these minerals is important. And last (and least), I am frustrated with the textual editor of this work. The format of bold-face citing of what verses Patterson is exegeting is often randomly missing at times. Again, this may seem petty, but gets annoying after this happens several times.

If you identify as a Southern Baptist as I do, or have been to a Southern Baptist Seminary, you will understand what I mean when I say this is standard Southern Baptist exegesis. The commentary is not deep, but to be fair it's not too shallow at every turn. It falls right in line with what you would expect from a Southern Baptist commentary. People only trained in the Southern Baptist tradition will no doubt love it, while those that have trained at other places may find it lacking. But it is what it is. If you want a good pretrib, premil commentary, this will be a good purchase. If you are looking for a commentary on Revelation that deals significantly with other interpretations of Revelation, I would suggest elsewhere.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Easy to read and understand 5 Feb. 2013
By Carl A. Dixon - Published on
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I literally have most every conservative and near conservative commentary on Revelation i know of. I recently purchased Patterson's commentary and like it very much. It is very easy to read. He is fair minded regarding differing views but leaves lots of room for you to make up your own mind on differing views. He is a 'futurist' but not lock-step with all others holding his eschatological view. If you can only read one commentary i would say you will not be disappointed.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
very easy read not over tech 7 Dec. 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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very easy read not over tech. but went into great detail on the different judgment of God! not a Grant Osburn but half cost! good for Sunday School teacher and Pastors if they had long week and didn't have a lot study time
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Impressive Commentary! 18 Mar. 2015
By RG Bud Phelps - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have only completed about 50% of the book: Revelation. 39 (The New American Commentary), but what I have read and analyzed to this point have been very helpful toward the understanding of the Bible Book of Revelations.
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