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(New Testament For Everyone #18)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  475 ratings  ·  58 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
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, of course, is giving Revelation two volumes) often sets forth numerous views of this or that passage before giving his own, a practice Wright m ...more
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.
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
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:
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.
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
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
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.
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
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent commentary on the book of Revelation, it is designed for small groups, very accessible to different reading levels, provides clear and concise explanations to a difficult and often controversial book.
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 "
Thomas Kinsfather
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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