16 Best Revelation Commentaries You Should Read First

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1) The Revelation to John: A Commentary on the Greek Text of the Apocalypse



The Revelation to John: A Commentary on the Greek Text of the Apocalypse is a powerful interpretation of John’s Apocalypse by Stephen S. Smalley.  Now retired, Smalley  was Dean of Chester and an eminent Anglican scholar.  In this 2012, 650 page book by IVP Academic, Smalley presents a scholarly masterpiece, whose features include: a fresh and stimulating entry in the study of Revelation, demonstration of  how Revelation reveals truths applicable to today’s society
and a balanced, sensitive approach to the imagery and form of Revelation.


2) The Book of Revelation (New International Greek Testament Commentary)



The 13 volume New International Greek Testament Commentary series was established on the presupposition that the theological character of the New Testament documents calls for exegesis that is sensitive to theological themes as well as to the details of the historical, linguistic, and textual context. Hence, authors make their own scholarly contributions to the ongoing study of the biblical text. The text on which these commentaries are based is the UBS Greek New Testament, edited by Kurt Aland and others.

3) Revelation 1-5 (Word Biblical Commentary 52a)



The Word Biblical Commentary delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars of our day. This series emphasizes a deep analysis of textual, linguistic, structural and theological evidence. Balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology is the end product. These widely acclaimed commentaries serve as exceptional resources for everyone from professional theologians to lay people interested in building theological understanding from a solid base of biblical scholarship. Dr. David Aune presents the series’ thorough volume on the book of Revelation.

4) A Commentary on the Revelation of John


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The late George Eldon Ladd – who was a professor of New Testament exegesis and theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California – left behind this scholarly and comprehensive exposition of Revelation for Eerdmans.  Published in 1972, it’s written in language the lay-person will embrace.


5) Revelation (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament)



The 18 volume, highly accessible Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series is known for its thoughtful scholarship for studying pastors and its readability for lay people. Authors include a wide variety of scholars from differing theological persuasions who investigate a variety of viewpoints. Each volume contains the original Greek words as well as the corresponding transliterated and translated phrases.  The volume on the Book of Revelation is written by Grant Osborne.

6) The Book of Revelation (The New International Commentary on the New Testament)


The New International Commentary on the New Testament provides an exposition of Scripture that is thorough and abreast of modern scholarship, yet loyal to Scripture as the Word of God. It is an authoritative guide to the text of Scripture, bridging the cultural gap between today’s world and the world of the Bible. Contributors are gifted writers and scholars who open each commentary with an introduction to the biblical book. Other features are: a select bibliography, the author’s own translation from the original Hebrew and Greek texts, verse-by-verse comments, in-depth discussions of technical matters and more.  Robert Mounce writes the volume on Revelation.

7) Revelation (New Cambridge Bible Commentary)


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The New Cambridge Bible Commentary is a collection of exegetical volumes widely read and studied in the 1960s and 1970s. It strives to elucidate the Hebrew and Christian scriptures for a wide audience. Commentaries are academically rigorous with the assumption the reader has a great deal of specialized theological knowledge or high command of Hebrew, Aramaic, or biblical Greek. This series showcases scholarly research over the last three decades and builds upon many of the advances in theory and theology produced in universities and seminaries during the last thirty years. Prominent Biblical scholar Ben Witherington III writes the Revelation volume in crystalline form.


8) The Revelation of Saint John (Black’s New Testament Commentary)



With 13 volumes and 10 authors, Black’s New Testament Commentary series is a reliable and readable study of the New Testament for modern readers. Each commentary offers a paragraph-by-paragraph exposition based on the author’s own fresh translation of the biblical text. Pastors, students, scholars, and general readers will find this series a crucial aid to a better understanding of the New Testament. George Bradford Caird pens this volume.

9) The NIV Application Commentary: Revelation


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NIV Application Commentaries have three sections in each chapter: a textual analysis, a section bridging the ancient to the modern, and then modern applications. This top commentary is a must have for anyone who seriously wants to apply the Word of God to modern application.


10) The Returning King: A Guide to the Book of Revelation



Harvard educated Vern Sheridan Poythress – professor of New Testament interpretation at Westminster Theological Seminary – presents The Returning King: A Guide to the Book of Revelation for P & R Publishing.  It is a short, but mighty read that is highly relevant to Christians today.


11) Revelation (New Testament Commentary)



Dr. Simon J. Kistemaker – emeritus professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando – pens Revelation for Baker Academic’s New Testament Commentary.  An outstanding and top Revelations commentary, Kistemaker presents it in a way that is solid, clear and challenging (in a positive way) to the reader.



12) More Than Conquerors: An Interpretation of the Book of Revelation



More Than Conquerors: An Interpretation of the Book of Revelation is a classic interpretation of Revelation by Dr. William Hendriksen, who was a professor of New Testament literature at Calvin Theological Seminary.  Readers will delight in solid scholarship and simplicity of language.


13) Revelation (Tyndale New Testament Commentaries)



The premier shorter-length commentary series throughout the English-speaking world, the 20 volume Tyndale New Testament Commentaries are a trusted resource for Bible study. They are written by some of the world’s most distinguished evangelical scholars and offer clear, reliable and relevant explanations of every book in the New Testament. The introduction to each Tyndale volume gives a concise but thorough description of the authorship, date and historical background of the biblical book under consideration. Tyndale commentary itself examines the text section by section, drawing out its main themes. Additionally, it comments on individual verses and deals with problems of interpretation.  Leon Morris presents this volume on Revelation.


14) Triumph of the Lamb: A Commentary on Revelation


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Ordained Presbyterian minister Dennis E. Johnson (also a professor of practical theology at Westminster Seminary California) presents Triumph of the Lamb: A Commentary on Revelation for P & R Publishing.  A wonderful and instructive commentary, Johnson gets right to the heart of Revelation in this 400 page read.


15) The Theology of the Book of Revelation (New Testament Theology)



At less than 200 pages, The Theology of the Book of Revelation for New Testament Theology is the shortest top Revelation commentary, but it packs a punch. Written by Richard Bauckham it offers a unique account of the theology and message of Revelation.


16) Calvins Commentaries (22 Volume Set)


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Calvin’s Commentaries are a 22 volume timeless set of texts by John Calvin – the French theologian and pastor of Geneva who was one of the principal 16th-century Reformers. Calvin’s commentaries display a unique combination of exegetical insight, pastoral concern, and theological depth which have inspired generations of Christians. This is a massive and classic collection on both Old and New Testament books with over 22,000 pages in total. Features include: advanced searching by passage and topic, passage guides and reports, sermon preparation and more.




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