Genre. Revelation is apocalypse, prophecy, and letter. Purpose. To both encourage and warn his readers of the coming holocaust that will soon overtake those who proclaim Jesus as Lord instead of Caesar. Authorship. The same Apostle John who wrote the Fourth Gospel and the Epistles. Date. A late- or early second-century. Interpretation. Original intent must first be sought to John's original readers. Because the book is partly prophetic, there may be second meaning, but only after "the event or situation occurs to which this further meaning pertains" (p. xxi). The key to interpreting the images in John's Revelation is "to hold fast to the images John himself interprets, since these must serve as the starting points for all others" (xxi). Text. Upated NIV.
Strengths. First, while using the updated NIV as his primary text, often, Fee does his own translations and chapter and verse divisions. Second, this commentary has a lively flow to it. Fee gets to the point. The reader gets the impression that Fee doesn't want to chase rabbits, as it were. Third, though there's not a lot of interaction with others works, Fee draws on the OT and Apocryphal writings at key points in his commentary. Weaknesses. First, Fee hardly interacts with opposing views. Second, which is tied to the first, the works of others are hardly cited. Third, I wish Fee had engaged the "millennial" a bit more. Fee is too dismissive here.
Despite its brevity, Fee's Revelation is a solid contribution from a premier biblical and NT scholar. As someone who enjoys reading Fee, I commend his Revelation in the New Covenant Commentary Series.