Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Revelation for Everyone” as Want to Read:
Revelation for Everyone
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Revelation for Everyone (New Testament For Everyone #18)

4.27  ·  Rating Details ·  226 Ratings  ·  40 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 20th 2011 by Westminster John Knox Press (first published January 30th 2008)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Revelation for Everyone, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Revelation for Everyone

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Lee Harmon
Mar 11, 2012 Lee Harmon rated it really liked it
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
Oct 11, 2011 Kevin rated it really liked it
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
Jun 02, 2015 Melora rated it really liked it
Huh. Well, I won't pretend that I now understand Revelation, but Wright did make it seem Less crazily confusing. Revelation offers lots (loads!) of room for interpretation, and there are many places where a different take on things than Wright offers could be equally well supported, but I happen to like his theology, and found his reading of this book pretty congenial. I've now read several books in his "for Everyone" series, and the format -- breaking the text down into small chunks and offerin ...more
Reena Jacobs
Jan 14, 2012 Reena Jacobs rated it really liked it
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:
Marc Arlt
Aug 25, 2015 Marc Arlt rated it it was amazing
This is a great introductory commentary to what is probably the most mysterious and intimidating book of the Bible.
Oct 24, 2016 Eric rated it it was amazing
As usual, N. T. Wright delivers. This book, so often misinterpreted and misused by so many becomes much clearer and hopeful for every believer. So often in our modern evangelical circles this book is read/interpreted literally; N.T. Wright makes it abundantly clear that this book is filled with symbols that point to a great, positive, life-renewing reality which is needed by all who suffer because of their faithful discipleship to Jesus Christ. Wright has the keen insight to walk through the sym ...more
Sep 14, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it
A long time ago, I found Revelation fascinating. Then, over and over, I heard people try to pinpoint the return of Christ, or determine exactly which modern entity was represented by the beast, etc. It seemed pointless and pedantic. I started to wonder if there was actually any value to the book at all. And now after reading N.T. Wright's explanations, I appreciate the book again and I can see how God's word comes to us through this strange prophetic writing.
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 "
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
Thomas Kinsfather
Feb 16, 2013 Thomas Kinsfather rated it really liked it
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
Feb 26, 2015 Christopher rated it really liked it
Shelves: christianity
Revelation is one of the toughest books to tackle in terms of commentary and interpretation. In no other book of the Bible is there more disagreement about the symbolism contained within these pages. In this final volume of his Bible commentaries for a popular audience, N.T. Wright does a great job of interpreting the symbolism in language that anyone can easily understand. That doesn't mean he dumbs his interpretations down. For the most part, those familiar with the different interpretations o ...more
Ije the Devourer of Books
Revelation is one of those books in the bible that simply cannot be tied down to any one interpretation although many have tried. It is a beautiful book although at the same time wild and horrifying in parts. The imagery and symbolism leaves one perplexed and that is it's true beauty because all we can really do in response to the writing is ponder.

Bishop Tom's commentary helps us with this. His easy to understand commentary takes us on a journey through the book of Revelation and his thoughts h
Sep 09, 2015 Kristin rated it it was amazing
It's amazing how this book unlocked passages of prophecy that I have wondered about for years in a readable and concise manner that was not based on his own thoughts, but rather the Old Testament prophecies, promises and themes. Instead of getting lost in literal thinking, he clearly proved the symbolism and hidden depths of the Revelation through Scripture itself (a much truer way of interpreting this book rather then trying to nail down the symbolism to exact people and warfare machines, as I' ...more
Feb 14, 2013 ChrisGA rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 15, 2012 Josh rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 19, 2013 Ethan rated it it was amazing
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
Ben Smitthimedhin
Jul 21, 2016 Ben Smitthimedhin rated it liked it
Shelves: biblical-studies
The book accomplishes what it sets out to do, but I definitely wanted more. I was somewhat familiar with Wright and his ideas, so the whole "heaven comes to earth," "God's goal is not just for us to leave earth behind," and "Jesus is not just your friend, He's a King," deal is already familiar to my ears. Maybe it was a mistake that I was anticipating Wright's discussion on the millennium, the vague symbolism, or even the lake of fire. All of the things I looked forward to hearing about were eit ...more
Jun 17, 2013 Drew rated it really liked it
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
Nathan Ellzey
Aug 04, 2016 Nathan Ellzey rated it it was amazing
As usual, Tom Wright does not disappoint. With clarity he brings Revelation into its historical context and brings historical context into our understanding of the Bible. Yes, the images in the book are symbolic, but that in no way detracts from its message and the meaning. Gaining understanding of the rich symbolism does not take away from Revelation; it enhances one's understanding of it. I cannot recommend this book highly enough to anyone who wants to better understand Revelation, as well as ...more
Apr 19, 2016 Chris rated it it was amazing
Like all the "For Everyone" books, this is not an in-depth commentary. But it IS a great way to read through the Book of Revelation with a thoughtful commentary that doesn't come from the Left Behind, Dispensationalist perspective that is so outrageously popular in American Christianity, and so poorly founded in its actual context. Read this book for an interpretation of Revelation much closer to what the original readers and author would likely have understood, and pregnant with significance fo ...more
Радостин Марчев
Jan 20, 2014 Радостин Марчев rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 30, 2015 Tim rated it it was amazing
Appreciate Wright's dismissal of the interpretive bunkum on Revelation that I was raised amid, his connections between the text and the OT and the rest of the NT, as well as the cultural context in which it was originally written. The brief setting does not explain it all, there is not enough space, and some of his conjectures are perhaps a stretch, but his prose and his focus on Christ make it a wonderful and worshipful book.
Matthew Colvin
May 09, 2012 Matthew Colvin rated it liked it
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.
Oct 18, 2012 David rated it really liked it
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.
John Hanscom
Dec 02, 2011 John Hanscom rated it it was amazing
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.
Jean Prosper
Perfect Interpretation of Revelation

Here is a man who really understands apocalyptic literature and the Hebraic world and the bible. Revelation is no longer a difficult book but a joy to read and full of hope !

Great work , clear, concise, biblical and stick to the points with excellent references where needed.
Daniel Wright
Revelation is notoriously one of the most difficult books in the bible to understand for the common reader. One can sense Wright grappling with the many historical and current misunderstandings of the text as he cuts through and provides his own distinctive take on the theology of the book. It ends up as one of the most clear and readable introductions I have come across.
Feb 18, 2016 Bill rated it it was amazing
Admittedly, Revelation, the last book in the New Testament, is mysterious, confusing, and open to widely divergent interpretation and agendas. Wright helped me see the big picture, the original context, and offered a way through confusion toward God's steady drumbeat to the Lamb's enthronement.
Dec 18, 2015 William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good devotional commentary and I'll happily give it four stars in that category. The book is nearly thorough enough to make this worthwhile for serious study, but that's not really what the book is for.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Lord and His Prayer
  • Handbook on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament: Exegesis and Interpretation
  • Breaking the Code: Understanding the Book of Revelation
  • The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn't Say about Human Origins
  • Benefit of the Doubt: Breaking the Idol of Certainty
  • The Women's Bible Commentary with Apocrypha (Expanded Edition)
  • The Letter to the Ephesians
  • The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2–3 and the Human Origins Debate
  • The Theology of the Book of Revelation
Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

He also publishes under N.T. Wright.
More about Tom Wright...

Other Books in the Series

New Testament For Everyone (1 - 10 of 18 books)
  • Matthew for Everyone: Part One, Chapters 1-15
  • Matthew for Everyone Part Two Chapters 16-28
  • Mark for Everyone
  • Luke for Everyone
  • John for Everyone: Part One, Chapters 1-10
  • John for Everyone, Part 2: Chapters 11-21
  • Acts for Everyone, Part 1: Chapters 1-12
  • Acts for Everyone, Part 2: Chapters 13-28
  • Paul for Everyone: Romans, Part One: Chapters 1-8
  • Paul for Everyone: Romans, Part Two: Chapters 9-16

Share This Book

“Love’, in the early Christian sense, is something you do, giving hospitality and practical help to those in need, particularly to other Christians who are poor, sick or hungry.” 0 likes
More quotes…