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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Presbyterian and Reformed; First edition (13 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875522009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875522005
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.3 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rossuk TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 Sept. 2011
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Recently I picked up this commentary to see what he has to say, and it is good stuff. Dennis Johnson has written an excellent commentary on Revelation. I have also written one as well, and I have over 40 commentaries on this book. He gets to the heart of the matter. For any biblically literate person this is highly recommended. Great stuff.

It should also be noted that John Glynn in his Commentary & Reference Survey: A Comprehensive Guide to Biblical and Theological Resources_ also recommends this as an expositional commentary.
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Sorry to disagree with other reviewers, but I quickly gave up on this book. The writing style was really hard-going and excessively verbose, with some very long meandering sentences. It is also extremely "evangelical" in tone, which will be off-putting to many. For a better popular commentary on the book of Revelation, try Revelation (Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture). It is more concise and informative and suitable for all Christians (being American it is really a cross between a Catholic and Evangelical perspective).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GMT on 19 Dec. 2014
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
One of the best commentaries on Revelation 2 Feb. 2008
By Finance Prof - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Johnson's commentary is amillenial, exegetically sound, and detailed without becoming verbose. I have read numerous commentaries on Revelation, and I consider this one of the very best. It ranks alongside William Hendriksen's More Than Conquerors and Vern Poythress' The Returning King, but is much more in-depth than either of those. Also highly recommended are the commentaries by Kistemaker and Beale (both are fairly long).
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Excellent presentation of the idealist view 13 May 2011
By John Holm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
There was a time when it seemed like the only Christian books I read were on the subject of eschatology. I read books that compared the different views on how to interpret the millennium and read a commentary on Revelation written from an amillennial perspective. I thought that was sufficient until I joined a Bible study earlier this year. The next book on their agenda was a book on Revelation. I initially had the rather cynical thought, "But I've already read a commentary on Revelation!" (That book was More Than Conquerors by William Hendriksen.) But of course, no Christian who is serious about learning everything they can about the Bible should be content with reading only one commentary on a particular book. It came as no surprise then, that I truly enjoyed Dennis Johnson's book Triumph of the Lamb.

Johnson's book is a concise, exegetical look at the last book of the Bible. After an introduction and an overview of Revelation, he presents it in a more or less verse by verse format, explaining what each verse means. Readers who are aware of the various schools of interpretation regarding Revelation will instantly recognize Johnson's take as the idealist view. This view sees the many visions as symbolic of events and ideas that recur throughout the time between Christ's advent and his return. Many of the visions show the same event from different perspectives (or "camera angle" as Johnson likes to put it.) The idea that the visions in Revelation are not presented in chronological fashion may be strange to some, but Johnson points out over and over that this is the only view that truly makes sense.

There are many strengths to the book. Johnson's exegesis is solid. He offers sound interpretations not only of Revelation, but of the many verses from the Old and New Testaments that directly influence the text of Revelation. The Old Testament in particular is extremely important. I thought I was familiar with OT prophetic literature but I was amazed at just how much of Revelation is taken directly from such books as Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel and Zechariah. Johnson also remains consistent throughout the book. He frequently points similarities in Revelation's visions and shows how they relate to one another and the overall picture of the book.

In addition his main points, Johnson also provides many interesting tidbits on subjects that might be of only passing interest to the casual reader. For example, he makes note of grammatical issues and how they relate to the proper translation of Revelation. He even points out which translations do a better job. (The NASB doesn't fare so well.)

I enjoyed Johnson's conclusion and felt it probably should be read first. (The appendix which explains the various views on Revelation is also useful and should be read at the start) He points out what the book should mean for Christians. It's more than just a series of puzzles to solve. Revelation is primarily a book of hope. It comforts the people of God whether they are believers in the 1st or 21st centuries. Revelation shows that God hears our prayers and that the time is coming when evil will be completely wiped out. There will be no more tears and no more suffering. God lets us know that even though we must endure hardships now, He has promised to rescue us through the work of His son Jesus. Our ultimate destiny is eternal union with God in the new heaven and new earth.

I already lean strongly toward the idealist view but I'm sure that people who do not agree with it will still benefit from Johnson's excellent presentation of this view. All four views (historicist, futurist, preterist and idealist) are orthodox and Christians should not be divided over them.
59 of 65 people found the following review helpful
Not The Fantastic Approach To Revelation You May Be Used To 18 Mar. 2003
By Ted Schwarz - Published on Amazon.com
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This book presents an explanation of the last book of the Bible that makes sense. It is not what is so commonly being preached and taught today. It is a view that shows that Revelation really does connect to the rest of Scripture making one complete unit. The author also gives short explanations of some other ways to view the difficult passages allowing the reader to better evaluate these texts. It is rare to find so much of the book of Revelation keyed to Old Testament passages that also look to the future, even beyond our day. Chapters and verses of Revelation are easy to locate all through the book so one can quickly take a look at those puzzling passages. I highly recommend it to each who is interested in learning more about the interesting way Revelation presents human and heavenly events - many times in different ways from different views. Some of these events are already past; but some (and these peak my interest) remain for us to still expect.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
A Commentary that is a must read for all Christians 21 Jan. 2009
By A. Barrett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I'm pretty much half way into the "Triumph of the Lamb" and it has changed my life. Dennis Johnson skillfully unveils the Book of Revelation as cycles of visions. It's liken to watching football and seeing different plays from various camera angles. Each camera angle gives such tremendous edification for the play that you cannot help walking away blessed.

Indeed the blessing of hearing Revelation is truly made manifest once the believer is able to correctly approach the Book of Revelation as a book of visions and symbolism. This is one commentary you will find hard to put down.
48 of 54 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Resource! 23 Nov. 2004
By M. Tan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I just finished teaching an adult Sunday School series on Revelation. My brother-in-law, who is a professor at the same seminary where Dennis Johnson teaches, suggested this book as a resource. I relied heavily on this tome throughout the 11 weeks of the course, especially since I did not like the curricula I had found and ended up creating my own curriculum. The writing is clear and easy to follow. The concepts are organized and well thought out. The theological concepts and explanations are sound, scholarly work. Dennis did a great job tying in themes and references to the Gospels and Hebrew Scriptures. Bravo!
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