The Book of Revelation

Gregory K. Beale

The Book of Revelation
The Book of Revelation

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Series: New International Greek Testament Commentary
Categories: Revelation
Tags: TechnicalPostmillennialAmillennial

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4.76250001788139 out of 5 based on 16 user ratings
JT July 18, 2017 5 5
No student of Revelation should be without
Robert M. Bowman, Jr December 10, 2016 5 5
New International Greek Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999. Masterful analysis from an idealist, amillennial perspective, especially strong in relating Revelation to the OT. [Full Review]
Graham Ware October 11, 2016 4 5
A beast of a commentary. Sometimes spends a ton of time on small issues, while glossing over others (like 3 page excursus on biblion and only a paragraph on entire verses which have significant theological implications). But in terms of firmly anchoring Revelation in the OT tradition rather than pagan sources (contra Aune), Beale is thorough, and well presented. Arguably, this is the best technical commentary from a conservative evangelical perspective.
Tim Challies February 3, 2014 5 5
The consensus choice for the best commentary on the book of Revelation seems to be Beale’s. It is in the NIGTC series, so will require some knowledge of Greek. Carson says, “For students and well-trained pastors, the commentary that best combines comprehensiveness with biblical fidelity, exegesis with theology, and literary sensitivity with historical awareness, is that of G.K. Beale. While the prose can be dense, and while there are some areas the author could have explored in greater detail, his work is probably the best place to begin. [Full Review]
Philibuster December 20, 2012 5 5
Beale's massive tome on Revelation is a wealth of information, especially on intertextual allusions. This commentary is light on social-contextual issues (as other reviewers have noted), but if you want to understand Revelation based on the OT allusions John chose, and the way he used them, this is the place to go.
Phillip J. Long August 13, 2012 5 5
Beale’s mammoth commentary followed Aune’s and is equal in size and value to scholarship. Beale has written a great deal on “Old Testament in the New” issues, so it is no surprise to find large sections in this commentary devoted to John’s Hebrew Bible sources. His interest is in John’s use of the Hebrew Bible so there is less reference to Greek and Roman sources than in Aune’s commentary. Beale includes a twenty page summary of his view of what constitutes an allusion and his controlling method for deciding what may be an allusion and what is not. He describes his approach to the book as a “redemptive historical form of modified idealism” (48). By this he means that the symbols of the book of Revelation had some specific referent in the first century which will provide some comfort or teaching to Christians throughout history, but will find ultimate fulfillment in the future. In the commentary proper Beale works through the Greek text phrase-by-phrase, commenting on syntactical issues where appropriate. The style of the commentary tends to use a smaller font for textual details, allowing a reader to skip over these elements. Like most readers of the Greek of Revelation, Beale puzzles over some aspects of John’s style, finding in many cases that he employs a Semitic syntax more than Greek. Beale has a number of excursuses devoted to how specific metaphors functioned in Judaism. For example, after his commentary on Rev 9:19, he has a page on serpents and scorpions in Judaism. While a page does not seem like much, there are dozens of references to the Hebrew Bible and rabbinic texts unpacking the metaphor of a scorpion. One criticism: a single 1200+ page volume is unwieldy to use, even with the lighter paper. I would have liked Eerdmans to publish this book in at least two volumes. The spine of my copy has split near the center. [Full Review]
acadams June 2, 2012 5 5
Excellent, but often too sure of himself. Osborne is more even-handed with interlocutors.
Scot McKnight December 18, 2009 4.80000019073486 5
Now only slightly dated, but one of the first to which I turn is G. Beale [Full Review]
Ligonier Ministries (Keith Mathison) June 20, 2009 4.90000009536743 5
Many Reformed and evangelical scholars argue that Beale has written the best available contemporary commentary on Revelation. In many respects, it is outstanding. Beale's commentary is the place to turn for insight on the many Old Testament allusions and echoes in the book of Revelation. My fundamental reservation about the book has to do with Beale's modified idealist approach. Revelation is a prophecy (1:3; 19:10; 22:7, 10, 18, 19). We do not interpret Old Testament prophetic books in an idealist manner. They were written to specific people in a specific time and place, often referring to specific imminent judgments and promising a time of restoration in the distant future. Revelation is very similar in that it is dealing with the imminent destruction of Jerusalem and the restoration that will take place at the consummation. To interpret it in an idealist manner is to decontextualize it. In spite of this, Beale's commentary contains a wealth of information and should be consulted by any serious student of Scripture. [Full Review]
Derek Thomas September 21, 2008 5 5
A monumental and comprehensive work. Amillennial.
Jim Rosscup September 20, 2008 4.5 5
D. A. Carson May 26, 2008 5 5
Grand Rapids: Eerdmans; Cambridge: Paternoster, 1999. Pp. lxiv + 1245, Cloth, $75.00, ISBN 080282174X. Russell Morton Ashland Theological Seminary Ashland, OH 44805 The culmination of over a decade of research and writing on the Apocalypse, Beale's work makes a significant contribution to our understanding of Revelation. While the reader may not necessarily agree on all points, the commentary will certainly provide considerable insight into John's often perplexing vision. In particular, Beale's grasp of the Greek grammar of Revelation is outstanding. Too few scholars today have the linguistic expertise to furnish the reader with such extensive and thoughtful notes. At the same time, Beale does not assume all readers understand he technical terms, and he defines them upon first usage. Furthermore, Beale's often repeated insight, first noted with comments on 1:4a (p. 188), that John's use of solecisms may be a means of calling the reader/hearer's attention to allusions in the Hebrew Bible, is most helpful. A second major contribution is the discussion of Revelation's structure. Recapitulation is accepted, as is the literary unity of the book (pp. 108-144). Thus, John arranges his vision not in chronological, but in topical order, emphasizing three motifs: judgment, persecution, and salvation (p. 144). While noting there is little unanimity among scholars regarding Revelation's structure, Beale's own opinion is that a sevenfold or eightfold division of the book is most plausible (p. 114). Nevertheless, this arrangement may be subordinate to a broader fourfold structure of (1) 1:1-19 (20); (2) 1:19 (20)-3:22; (3) 4:1-22:5 and 22:6-21. Linguistic markers from Daniel 2 (p. 115) denote these sections. "A model for the compatibility of the multiple viable structures" (p. 115) is possible because John arranges his account by overlying interdependent elements, where earlier parts of the book are supplemented and explained by succeeding events and vice versa (pp. 115-116). Insightful analysis is also provided concerning the non-literal, symbolic nature of John's vision. This is emphasized at many points, including the explanation of the topical, rather than chronological arrangement of the book, the metaphors in Rev 11:1-2 (pp. [Full Review]

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