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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: SPCK Publishing; Reissue edition (17 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0281072019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0281072019
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''Each book is written in Wright's familiar, accessible language and can be used for either individual or group study to enhance reader understanding of the Bible.'' --Life and Work

''This enterprise is probably the most exciting thing to have happened in Christian education for many years.'' --Expository Times

''This enterprise is probably the most exciting thing to have happened in Christian education for many years.'' --Expository Times

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A former teacher of New Testament studies at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and McGill, Tom Wright is among the most interesting and respected New Testament scholars currently at work. He is the author of many books, including The Challenge of Jesus, Twelve Months of Sundays: Reflections on Bible readings and, the first volumes in this series, Mark for Everyone and Luke for Everyone. Formerly Dean of Lichfield, he is currently Canon Theologian at Westminster Abbey and SPCK Research Fellow.

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. M. Mackley on 28 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Meadows on 15 Mar. 2012
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Revelation is one of the hardest books of the bible to read if you are trying to make sure you get the right end of the stick. What Wright does (as in the rest of the series) is to provide his own modern translation broken up into small sections and then he provides a commentary on each section.

One of the great benefits of having this as a study book is that it effectively forces you to read the whole thing from start to finish, which is very difficult to do in a church or housegroup. Personally, I think this is a very good approach in general, but it is especially useful with Revelation, given how any sections taken out of context could be very easily misunderstood.

The early part of the book with the letters to the seven churches is generally OK for most people, but once the book gets into the more esoteric aspects of the vision then it gets a lot harder to try and get a handle on it.

What Wright doesn't attempt to do is to say to the reader: "Look at this particular metaphor; it means x,y,z." While there is some context provided, particularly with regard to what John's original readers would have understood by some of the references, Wright constantly tries to being attention to the big picture.

Since this is "for everyone" this could never be a complete exegesis of the book. As such, there are still a lot of things that I felt Wright skipped over, which may have been quite tricky to discuss, though this is openly acknowledged.

Though Revelation contains some very unsettling imagery, this shouldn't be a reason to avoid it. This guide is one that I would recommend to anyone who's struggled with it and wants to try and get the first glimpses of an understanding of John's Revelation.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Zekiel on 29 Feb. 2012
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I really rate Tom Wright's "For Everyone" series. I've probably read about seven so far in the series and this one is as brilliant as the others - highly readable, thought-provoking and with a superb use of illustrations and examples that really help you engage with the Bible text. Wright makes the very difficult book of Revelation highly accessible and gives some very good principles for how to understand it.

I strongly recommend this (and indeed the entire series) to anyone wanting to think about the New Testament.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By rossuk TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 Sept. 2011
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I have two of N T Wright's more academic books and this book is the first I bought in the `Everyone' series. I have a large number of commentaries on Revelation and I wrote a commentary on Revelation myself (in the 1990's), so I was eager to see what Tom Wright had to say on the book.

He has divided Revelation into 46 passages; each passage starts off with his own translation of the Greek, followed by his discussion. The discussion begins with an anecdote. Having gone through the book he has written a very sound commentary, as I expected, that would suite his target audience. It would suit those who have not studied Revelation before, e.g. young Christians; it could be used for daily reading, one passage a day or for group study.

The book includes a glossary of terms at the back. He also includes some fascinating facts, especially on the seven churches, but I was a bit frustrated that he does not list his sources. I have to say that I was sufficiently intrigued by this book that I will probably buy another in the series to see what he has to say. I commend this book to you, and Christian leaders

NB. Wright, is quite correct when he says "it's Revelation, singular, not 'Revelations', plural!".
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