Krodel, Gerhard A.: Revelation. Augsburg Commentary on the NT. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Augsburg, 1989. This 391 page commentary written by an American Lutheran is a favorite of mine. Krodel has provided a very good introduction where he shows himself to be more than familiar with recent scholarship, both American, English and German. The commentary is well […]
Kraft, Heinrich. Die Offenbarung des Johannes. (HNT, 16a). Tübingen: Mohr, 1974. Kraft is one of the strongest proponents for the influence of the OT. According to Kraft OT is the only source John uses: “Die alttestamentliche Prophetie ist die einzige Quelle, auf die er sich bei seinen Weisungen stützt” (p. 16). Furthermore, Kraft thinks that […]
Keener, Craig S.: Revelation: From Biblical Text to Contemporary Life. (The NIV Application Commentary). Zondervan Publishing House: Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2000. This 576 page commentary features 20+ page introduction, an outline, an annotated bibiography (although the comments are not always especially helpful), a Scripture index, Subject and Author indices, and nothing less than a 16 […]
Giesen, Heinz. Die Offenbarung des Johannes. Regensburger NT. Regensburg: Verlag Friedrich Pustet, 1997. Giesen, a Catholic Professor of the NT, has written an extremely well-researched commentary. The 562 pages is replete with research surveys, excursuses, and detailed discussions. Many of the discussions has been published as major articles at least since 1981/1982. Martyrdom is a […]
Fiorenza, Elisabeth Schüssler: Revelation. Vision of a just World. Edinburgh: T&& Clark, 1993 (= Augsburg Fortress 1991). Fiorenza’s 150 page commentary contains an index of scriptural passages and a bibliography and three parts: Introduction, Commentary and a part about Theo-Ethical Rhetoric. Although I personally and many others with me do not agree with Fiorenza’s liberation […]
Charles, R. H. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Revelation of St. John: With Introduction, Notes, and Indices, Also the Greek Text and English Translation. The International Critical Commentary. 1920. Reprint. Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1985. Charles’ commentary is generally highly valued, in particular for its philological information as well as its analyses […]
Brütsch, C. Die Offenbarung Jesu Christi: Johannes-Apokalypse. 3 vols. Zürcher Bibelkommentare, NT. 2nd ed. Zürich: Zwingli Verlag, 1970. The force of Brütsch’s three-volume commentary is its wealth of information gathered from a large number of other works. Sometimes, however, it is poorly referenced and it must therefore be used with caution. (August 4th, 1999).
Beale, G. K. The Book of Revelation: A Commentary on the Greek Text. New International Greek Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdsmans Publishing, 1999. Beale’s commentary, a 1200+ page commentary, is probably the most interesting commentary published for several decades. It features a lengthy introduction covering among other things a discussion of the […]