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Revelation

(New Testament For Everyone #18)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  581 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Writing in an accessible and anecdotal style, Tom Wright helps us to negotiate the final book of the Bible, regarded by many as the hardest to understand. He encourages us to see how the Revelation of John offers one of the clearest, sharpest visions of God’s ultimate purpose for the whole of creation: the overthrow of evil and the victory of God. In a world that often see ...more
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Published August 2nd 2012 by IVP Connect (first published January 30th 2008)
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Lee Harmon
Mar 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Neil R. Coulter
Sep 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This year I’ve read through all eighteen volumes of N. T. Wright’s New Testament for Everyone series. I’d worked through several of them previously, as part of leading an evening Bible study, and I enjoy Wright’s gentle, pastoral, insightful leading through the basics of understanding what’s going on in each book of the New Testament. These aren’t in-depth, everything-you-could-possibly-want-to-know commentaries; rather, they’re intended for a lay readership that knows something of the Christian ...more
Thomas
Longer review later, perhaps.

Wright's approach to Revelation is refreshing and easily grasped. It's accessible for a laymen, but still interesting for a deeper study of Revelation.
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Nithin Thompson
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
NT Wright is my go to. Whatever I'm studying I try to get his perspective on it. He's take on revelation is fantastic! I wish it was more in depth but he has other works that I can dig into with the depth. I recommend this commentary to anybody studying revelation, but I would say you should get a few of the commentaries to supplement it. Like Craig Keener'a commentary and Ben Witherington's. ...more
Kevin
Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Glenn Hopp
I read this at the same time I read William Barclay’s two-volumes on Revelation (as background for a Bible study I attend). The formats are similar (a hunk of verses and then commentary), and though Barclay is often seen as a liberal and Wright as a conservative, these two writers did not differ on much of anything in their interpretations. Barclay (who devotes to Revelation two volumes) often sets forth numerous views of this or that passage before giving his own, a practice Wright mostly shuns ...more
Melora
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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: http://wp.me/pPz8s-22S
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Marc Arlt
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great introductory commentary to what is probably the most mysterious and intimidating book of the Bible.
Jenny Rose
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I grew up in the 80’s and 90’s with the Thief in the Night video and the Left Behind Book Series. The images conjured were terrifying. As a Christian, I knew the end result was heaven, but the events leading up to my eternal life were still frightening.

For many years I could not read Revelation without breaking out in a cold sweat. Then about 2019, my husband and I watched a sermon series by Greg Boyd about Revelation with a different view of how the passages should be read and interpreted. My h
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Karisa Totah
Jul 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I picked up this book as a part of a Zoom Bible course on Revelation at the beginning of this year. (For anyone curious, the course was by Kevin Bywater via the Oxford Study Centre. He developed multiple Bible courses during "quarantine" and they've each been phenomenal.) This book was one of the recommended commentaries to use as a supplement to the course homework.

I definitely would recommend this book. I would recommend the Bible course itself significantly more, but this book was a nice add
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Jeremy Manuel
Revelation for Everyone is one of the first of N.T. Wright's For Everyone series that I've read despite being the final installment, I have read the Acts ones as well. I really enjoyed the three I've read so far and hope to read the others to see if they are all of the same quality. I feel that they are accessible while still being very insightful.

Now, because this is Revelation for Everyone that means it is not an in-depth, academic discussion on Revelation. Despite this I would consider it a u
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Kelly
Jul 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Over the years I've amended my "Left Behind" view of eschatology after hearing sermons, speakers, and authors who have challenged that view. Unfortunately, most of my end-time information developed over years in church and so it's difficult to replace it with the new-to-me perspective. When I think about end times or even about the now-and-not-yet I default back to what I was taught in more formative times. I have trouble articulating clearly my new perspective. In an effort to get a sturdier gr ...more
Paul
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent commentary that provides helpful structure for interpretation but stays with the story so that the reader doesn't get distracted with obscure matters of questionable relevance. Interprets the book from the text and doesn't impose any particular theological grid on it, except to relate to the whole of Scripture.

Great contemporary illustrations fit the main idea of the different passages. Not heavy exposition but readable and practical. Not rambling but to-the-point. Next time I preach
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Jamin Bradley
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book will be my go-to suggestion for congregants who want to learn more about Revelation. Given that most people aren’t going to pick up a giant commentary on Revelation, this one is short, smart, and applicable to everyone. It puts the whole Bible in perspective and gets rid of all the crazy conspiracy theories to show people the real messages John wanted to communicate—messages that the majority of people I know, don’t recognize in Revelation. This is another wonderful book from Wright.
Lauren H. Thibodeaux
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’d give this probably a 3.5/5 stars. I enjoyed it. Revelation is just dense. However, I enjoyed Wright’s gentle but thorough commentary. I also read/used the Bible study companion book. I liked understanding heaven, earth, and the new Jerusalem of the new heaven and earth better. I also was glad to better understand our afterlife. I was glad he made it clear that the main take-away is that Jesus is coming back soon and has great plans for His people for eternity.
Joshua Ziefle
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An accessible, relatively brief, and helpful introduction to this often daunting book of the Bible. There is much for readers to engage here, even if there are aspects of Wright's perspectives they disagree with. I have spent little time studying Revelation myself, and after reading this I wonder if I begin to understand it for the first time. ...more
Richard Olds
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book helped me comprehend a heretofore incomprehensible book. I not only feel like I understand the book, but it finally felt as if God was actually so peaking to me through it. NT Wright cuts past all the simplistic debates on if the book is meant to be “literal,” and just goes straight to helping you see how the words of this text are meaningful in our lives
Paul Birch
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: devotion
My second Wright book and one where I had hoped to grasp of one of the hardest of new testament books. Some companion books on The Revelation read more like a Peretti novel than a sound rendering of the text. In that respect, Wright did not disappoint giving a well-balanced exegesis.
Mary Rachel Fenrick
Very helpful guide in studying a very complicated and overwhelming book of the Bible. Would be excellent to use for a group study. For individual study, I wish there was a little more commentary and cross referencing. I really liked the prayers at the end of each chapter.
Bryan Sebesta
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a stellar introduction to a very strange book, with wonderful, passionate commentary. The last commentary at the end, about the bells–what a way to end. You can tell N.T. Wright cares deeply not only about great scholarship, but about taking the leap from exegesis to lived-out, kingdom-bringing, covenant-grounded, image-bearing, hope-saturated faith in Jesus Christ.
Natalie
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
NT Wright has made the book of Revelation as simple and historically grounded as possible. Not super in depth but enough to walk away with a strong appreciation of the book and its context within the rest of scripture.
Paul Creasy
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

N T Wright is always the master of explaining the inexplicable and adding new insights to age old ideas. I highly recommend.
David
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
really helpful for my own spiritual life and walk with christ.
opens up a healthy new perspective on the bible and it's challenging ending with the book of revelation
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Sally
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended for anyone wanting a sensible interpretation of the book of Revelation.
Andy Field
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good , thoughtful guide to Revelation. A great book to get understanding of some of the most difficult passages in the bible.
Bob Wolniak
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
A wonderful, brief, easy to read, and at many times, charming, commentary on the Book of Revelation. Wright has many insights and illustrations you won't find in other books. Worth the read. ...more
Damilola Ogunsipe
Great insights

Carefully and simply explains the complex symbols i this startling book. Relatable and easy to follow. Very insightful as well as uplifting.
Myra Schouten
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible insight to Revelation
Robert Conder
Aug 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great to use in small groups. You will need to have other sources to go with it.
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