When general bookshops and libraries are stuffed full of the weird, here is a chance to discover the truly wonderful. John Richardson has read widely in more detailed and scholarly works, but his book is not simply a digest of what others have said; even that would have been helpful. He is not afraid to strike out on his own where necessary, and he is certainly on his own when it comes to practical usefulness for a parish studygroup or Bible series. Here ... is a timely commentary of great clarity, fairness and friendliness, with toms surprises in store. (New Directions, February 1998)
Terrific! Its conciseness, clarity and biblical-theological quality make it an ideal guide for preachers, and very edifying. -- Barry Webb, Old Testament lecturer , Moore Theological College, Sydney
From the Author
On the front cover of Revelation Unwrapped is "The Preacher - Kibeho Massacre Series", used by generous permission of the Australian artist, George Gittoes. This was based on an incident at a refugee camp in Rwanda in 1995 where George saw a lone man in a bright yellow jacket standing with a Bible "giving courage and hope to those about to be killed". I wanted it on the cover as it summed up what Revelation is about - a message to encourage Christians under pressure in every generation. Revelation Unwrapped arose out of a series of Bible studies I conducted, after which I was sure that Revelation is a relatively straightforward book, once you see how it relates to the rest of the Bible. I hope people who read it will come to share this confidence.