Sweet, Revelation

Sweet, J.P.M.: Revelation. (Westminster Pelican Commentaries). Philadelphia, 1979

This is a commentary with a strong emphasis on the necessity of the use of OT in the interpretation of Revelation. Sweet attributes “creative freedom” to John and sees Revelation as “a Christian rereading of the whole Jewish scriptural heritage, from the stories of the beginning to visions of the End” (p. 40). But the OT is not the only, but only “the dominant imagery” (p. 194).

The commentary is well written and easy read, but but there is only a minimum of scholarly discussions. Nevertheless, this commentary is valuable in any theological interpretation of Revelation.

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