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Revelation for Everyone (New Testament For Everyone)

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  102 ratings  ·  20 reviews
N. T. Wright has undertaken a tremendous task: to provide guides to all the books of the New Testament, and to include in them his own translation of the entire text. Each short passage is followed by a highly readable discussion, with background information, useful explanations and suggestions, and thoughts as to how the text can be relevant to our lives today. A glossary ...more
Paperback, 227 pages
Published October 30th 2011 by Westminster John Knox Press (first published January 30th 2008)
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Lee Harmon
This is a friendly, feel-good peek at the bloodiest book in the Bible. As one who has written about Revelation from a historical-critical viewpoint, detailing all the gory first-century details which inspired the Book of Revelation, Wright’s approach felt a little to me like bouncing happily along the surface. This is not a criticism; Wright’s Revelation is more palatable than mine, certainly more inspirational for a 21st-century audience.

Given Wright's more conservative brand of Christianity, i
This is the second of N.T. Wright's "Everyone" series I have read (the first being Romans) and I highly recommend them. Like Romans, Revelation is not an easy book. But Wright does an excellent job of not only bringing out the meaning of the verses (he provides his own translation) but of placing each section into the wider theme of the book and the scope of God's ultimate plan. In this way there are both theological and devotional aspects.

With Revelation Wright helps tie this apocalyptic prophe
Reena Jacobs
I loved the beginning of this book where it talked about the letters. The rest of the book, relied on a lot of speculation which may or may not be true in the end, yet was presented as fact. Still, it was an interesting interpretation of Revelations, and I believe most venturing into the final book of the bible would come out with more knowledge overall.

Expect my full review January 14, 2011 on Ramblings of an Amateur Writer:
Tim Baumgartner
This has been a year of Revelation for me. I've spent most of my Christian life (since '99) trying to mostly avoid Revelation after hearing so many scary and crazy things about the book. However, it is God's Word, so why be afraid of God's Word? The enemy just tries to get us to get us to avoid the different spiritual food groups, to negatively impact our overall spiritual health. Needless to say, it was awesome to be able to read different sections (pericopes) of Revelation (and N.T. Wright's c ...more
Becky B
Wright breaks down Revelation pericope by pericope focusing not on the weird speculation that Revelation often arouses, but what this book would have meant for the original audience. He points out very real, down to earth principals John was trying to convey to the Church in Asia at the time, and also hope to help see them through persecutions they'd face as Christians in the Roman Empire.

I found this a highly interesting and refreshingly de-mystifying read. Too many Christians take off on the "
Thomas Kinsfather
First off, I'm a huge fan of NT Wright. Surprised by Hope has become foundational reading for current theology. I came to this book with high expectations.

Content: A refreshing alternative to all the wild-eyed, Tim Lahaye inspired Revelation commentaries I've used before. There aren't any charts of future events or speculations about the antichrist. What you will find is a world of insight into first century culture, Jewish apocalyptic tradition, and rich history. The book is written from a part
I really enjoyed N.T. Wright's commentary on Revelation. His approach, like most of his books includes a study of the cultural and historical contexts in which the book was written. He brings a refreshing and faithful look to Revelation and counteracts much of the sensational speculation of the current culture. My biggest problem is that he provides little to not citations on his explations. However based on previous writings I believe we can trust what he says. This book, as the title suggests, ...more
The volume for Revelation of Wright's New Testament For Everyone Series.

Consistent with previous volumes in the series, Wright first translates each section of Revelation, provides some illustration, then explains the text in its context. Major terms are defined in the glossary at the end.

Wright does well at summarizing the main action and themes of Revelation. He writes from an "amillennial" and "spiritual" perspective, demonstrating the continuity of imagery between Revelation and what has com
Радостин Марчев
Сравнително кратка книжка и наситина написана for everyone. Това не означава, че е лоша, просто човек не трябва да очаква твърде голяма задълбоченост. Другото, което ми прави впечатление е ако не греша) доста силното влияние на The revelation of st. john the divine от G. Caird - едно време научен ръководител на Райт - изключително добър коментар, който за съжаление не е преиздаван скоро и се намира (и споменава) сравнително рядко.
N.T. Wright's little commentary on Revelation just happens to be the most thoughtful, reasonable, logical and balanced piece I have ever read on the book of Revelation. If you are looking for a way to interpret Revelation that doesn't involve pointless debates about the timing of the Rapture; which country the anti-christ will come from; and conspiracies about rebuilding the Jerusalem temple... then this commentary is for you. Wright, instead, interprets Revelation within the frame-work of apoca ...more
This is a very readable, understandable study of the often confusing Biblical book of Revelation. The author divides the book into manageable chunks, with his translation of Scripture, applicable story illustrations and clear examination and explanation of the particular passage. I read this in conjunction with Bible study at church using the Mulholland book as well as an online study. The differences in interpretation can make one crazy. However, I like what NTWright says: We must hold on to th ...more
Wright does a fantastic job of sticking to the text and not over-editorializing, although he gives a healthy dose of his well-researched opinion. The key aspect of this work is that Wright draws out Revelation's thorough usage of intertextuality. He connects Revelation to crucial passages in the OT, as well as tangential passages in the Gospels. If this book lacks one thing, it is an introduction of the book of Revelation, including its history compositional history, struggle to be included in t ...more
Mary Fisher
How does one rate a book. In terms of what Wright is attempting through this "For Everyone" series of the New Testament he does a super job of drawing people into reading the text more wisely.

I currently am reading about eight books on the Book of Revelation and Apocalyptic Literature of varying levels of scholarly work so am aware that it would be so easy to not regard this particular work highly.

So I am going to stay with three stars while emphasizing that in terms of drawing the everyday per
Patricia Mohney
Excellent commentary on Revelation.
A very readable and enjoyable commentary on Revelation. Wright's "For Everyone" commentaries are not academic but instead he is very pastoral in his writing and wise in his applications. I didn't always agree with his understanding of the symbols in Revelation but I enjoy his overall approach, various insights, and emphasis on Jesus as the person being revealed in Revelation.
Matthew Colvin
One of Wright's weakest works. Overly vague, with lots of hand waving and insufficient application of Jewish background, which is surprising from NTW. I approach Revelation with an open, undecided mind, but Wright says nothing valuable that isn't said with far better arguments and evidence by David Chilton in Days of Vengeance.
John Hanscom
Dec 02, 2011 John Hanscom rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in the Apocaplyse.
Absolutely excellent. I have read A LOT of books on the Apocalypse to John, and this ranks up there with Ben Witherington's (I have not yet read Lee's). Though covering the same subject, the two are very different, and each is wonderful, with BW's being a little more academic and NTW's, as befitting a Bishop, more pastoral.
Mike Norman

A good introduction to the book explaining it in simpler terms as only Wright can. Excellent.
Brian Moon

What I was looking for: short and accessible. Provides a nice overviews for future study.
NT Wright is awesome. What a gift he has to explain Scripture and theology!
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N. T. Wright is the former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England (2003-2010) and one of the world's leading Bible scholars. He is now serving as the chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews. He has been featured on ABC News, Dateline NBC, The Colbert Report, and Fresh Air, and he has taught New Testament studies at Cambridge, McGi ...more
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