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  • Paperback: 227 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press (4 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 066422797X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664227975
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.1 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Just what I needed to understand Revelation-clearly and simply written-superb. I would recommend N.T. Wright to anyone who wants to know Scripture more deeply.
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By Pilgrim on 20 Feb 2012
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This book is published as single volume, which I have. It seems to end at the end. Amazon's prospect of a second book of Revelation is intriguing! Rating here is for the published volume....
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Demystifying of John's Vision 29 Sep 2011
By Mr. G. M. Mackley - Published on
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I have many commentaries about Revelation. Many of these are big books and quite difficult to read. I have read many more thoughts on line. I have also listened to sermons and series of sermons on the book. Often the various options presented can seem more confusing than the actual text or alternatively the presenter of the commentary explains only the easier imagery, symbolism and illusions whilst leaving significant gaps, which are often the bits you most would most like to understand! You can end up more frustrated regarding what the book is about after the commentary than you were before!

None of this with Tom Wright's version, which is concise and easy to read (and very cheap too!).

He continues the 'for Everyone' format with this book, using his own translation of the original Greek of a set of verses at at time, followed by commentary including relevant items in his own experience.

Tom Wright goes through each chapter with his usual simple 'no nonsense' approach to what it must have meant to the original readers and what lessons should be taken on board by those of us coming now much later in history, although he does not shy away from stating where passages are difficult to interpret. Throughout, Tom Wright's great scholarship in theology and biblical history shines through the explanations.

This is very refreshing after the many wild flights of fantasy which are quite inappropriate (and often just simply factually wrong!) which purport to explain this first century Middle Eastern book and which seem to fill so much space on the web.

Having bought the book, I had got as far as chapter 17 in Revelation in less than one day, so easy is it to read and understand.

For everyone who has had difficulty with working out the meaning of the Book of Revelation through the imagery and symbolism, I cannot recommend this book of Tom Wright's too highly.
38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Not So Confusing. N.T. Wright Aces. 8 Oct 2011
By MasterAP - Published on
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The big question people will ask before even opening this book is where does Wright stands on Tim LaHaye's Left Behind theology. I can gladly say that the scholarly Wright disagrees with practically everything found in the Left Behind books.

Wright is known for his thick books that delve quite deep into theological issues. Like previous "for Everyone" editions, this volume is quick and easy. You'll read portions of the book of Revelation and then Wright will provide a clever story to open the commentary. Nothing inside will confuse you. In fact, it is fairly light on theological issues.

Wright falls on the side of scholars who view much of the content of Revelation to be symbolic and written for the people of its time. (Not so much for the American Christian of the 21st Century)

Because it's such a short book, I figure this would be a great personal study guide for the preacher as well as the inquisitive. Just because it's about Revelation doesn't mean it's beyond our understanding. N.T. Wright makes sure everyone can follow along.

This book was provided for review, at no cost by Westminster John Knox Press.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Clarity, Sobriety, Sanity... a Triumph... 5 Nov 2011
By D. Alan Hawkins - Published on
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N T Wright is a historian/theologian... his voluminous work is notable in many ways. First, he is a world class theological mind with a passion for the text. Wright loves scripture. Second, he is a churchman and cares what happens in shoe leather. He wants outcomes that matter for God's people. Third, he genuinely writes for everyone. He is everyman's theologian. Usually the great minds have to be translated to us by scholastics who are lesser luminaries. In Wright's case he is like the mother bird digesting the food and regurgitating it for the anxious and hungry children. Wright works his subject and makes it accessible for the people.

His devotional commentary is written in a winsome style avoiding all the strident polemics that usually accompany a book that goes against the popular taste. You will find this book an easy read and it will fill your mind with curiosity that sends you back to the apocalyptic texts with a fresh eyes to see them again as if it were the first time. This is the book I wish I had written. This is the book that should clear your shelves of all the prophetic clutter of decades of newspaper punditry. Far from the pessimism of those expecting apocalyptic catastrophe, this book lets you soar with a victorious King to an everlasting kingdom.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Highest recommendation - outstanding 20 Nov 2011
By Peter Roselle - Published on
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Full disclosure - I hold Dr. Wright in the highest esteem as both a brilliant scholar and humble minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. His vast body of work has been life-changing for me. He easily could have lived a more comfortable life by leveraging his great intellect in law, science or any number of fields. Instead, he has mixed his deep scholarship with a life dedicated to tending to the flock of "regular people" in the local church and students on college campuses.

The "for everyone" series is a great gift to the Body of Christ; honestly, because most of what he has written in the past is "NOT for everyone" - it's just too complex for the average reader and so is reserved for a smaller group of New Testament scholars. We should all be very grateful he's now translated and commented on every verse in the New Testament through the "for everyone" series - plus the newly released "Kingdom New Testament" translation (no commentary there).

I first learned of Dr. Wright in the late 90's from a friend who recommended his work as a follow up to my reading Dallas Willard's classic "Divine Conspiracy". Willard's book opened my eyes to a more expansive understanding of the "Kingdom of God", but Dr. Wright takes the quantum leap to a whole new level.

Beyond "heaven when you die", he helps us shift our sights to the reality that we will be coming back to rule and reign with Christ for eternity (a two stage process he calls, "life after life after death - more on that in his book "Surprised by Hope). Everything we do in this life will count for the "age to come", so that "our labor is not in vain" (1 Cor 15:58).

The book of Revelation is a complex symbolic picture of the future. It took someone with Dr. Wright's expertise and panoramic understanding of scripture (not many qualify) to boil Revelation down to its essence and serve it to us in a way that allows us to see a victorious future. I'm not critical of other attempts to interpret Revelation (i.e. "Left Behind") - everyone is trying their best - but I am grateful to have a new lens to look through, written in plain English, that has really helped answer so many questions about the most difficult book in the bible.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Dubious Disciple Book Review 11 Mar 2012
By Dubious Disciple - Published on
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This is a friendly, feel-good peek at the bloodiest book in the Bible. As one who has written about Revelation from a historical-critical viewpoint, detailing all the gory first-century details which inspired the Book of Revelation, Wright's approach felt a little to me like bouncing happily along the surface. This is not a criticism; Wright's Revelation is more palatable than mine, certainly more inspirational for a 21st-century audience.

Given Wright's more conservative brand of Christianity, it's eerie how often he and I agree on the meaning of the Bible's most mysterious book. Wright recognizes the conflict between Christianity and Caesar worship pulsating through Revelation. He recognizes (as does nearly every serious scholar of Revelation) that the "Beast of the Sea," identified by the hideous number 666, refers to Nero Caesar, and Wright pays homage to the rumor that Nero had come back to life. He counts, like I do, the seven kings of Revelation beginning with Augustus, not Julius Caesar, the popular choice among preterists. He even acknowledges the frightening urgency in the tone of Revelation, because its prophecies were expected by John to be fulfilled immediately. Indeed, some had already occurred, like the two witnesses of Revelation, before John put pen to paper.

Yet in all these cases, Wright glosses over the historical connections and emphasizes, instead, Revelation's relevance to today. His focus is for Christians of today, recognizing that we still await the moment of Christ's return. The "earthquakes" of Revelation (which should be read non-literally as merely earth-shattering events) remind us of the fall of the Berlin Wall, or the smashing of the Twin Towers. That's a relevant stance, yet it did leave me feeling like Wright's treatment was a bit artificial, regardless of his claim ... that Revelation "in fact offers one of the clearest and sharpest visions of God's ultimate purpose for the whole creation."

This highlights the fascinating thing about scripture, and in particular the book of Revelation. Its vivid imagery and Christian lessons relate to followers of every century. Unless you read the book of Revelation literally--a method of reading that was appropriate only to one age and audience, the people of Asia Minor to whom John was actually writing--Revelation continues to be just as meaningful and "true" today as then.

Do not miss the final chapters, about the New Jerusalem! Wright reminds us that "Jesus, according to the whole New Testament, is already reigning." He points out the fascinating verse in Ephesians 2:6, where the church is "seated in heavenly places in the Messiah Jesus." As to the binding of Satan, Jesus had already accomplished this (Matthew 12:29). What it all means is the great promise: God has come to dwell with humans. So many readers of Revelation assume that the final description would be about heaven that they fail to see the glory of God's New Jerusalem on earth--a "newness" we can share in today. Heaven and earth are forever joined together.

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