Revelation is one of those books of the Bible that no matter how many times you read through it or study it or hear sermons on it, you always feel that you are still only just on the verge of understanding it. Or at least that’s how I feel. So in this post I want to highlight a number of resources on Revelation that I have found helpful.
First, some commentaries. I have read and reviewed commentaries by Michael Wilcock (Bible Speaks Today) and Alan Johnson (Expositor’s Bible Commentary). I also have the two more meaty contributions of Grant Osborne (Baker Exegetical Commentary) and Greg Beale (New International Greek Testament Commentary) sitting on my bookshelf but they will require a serious time commitment to read right through. Two other commentaries I would also like to get hold of are by Craig Keener (NIV Application Commentary) and Gordon Fee (New Covenant Commentary).
In terms of general books on Revelation, the most commonly recommended is The Theology of the Book of Revelation by Richard Baukham. Within newfrontiers, our Revelation expert is John Hosier. His two books, Thinking Clearly About the End Times and The Lamb, the Beast and the Devil are both excellent. Simon Ponsonby has written a book more generally on the end times, called And the Lamb Wins.
Revelation is of course almost impossible to do justice to in a single talk, but here are a few from people who really know the book inside out:
Preaching Revelation – John Hosier at Leadership International 2010[audio:http://media.project1.com.s3.amazonaws.com/6ff4d391-3fd7-421d-becc-028354f5b474.mp3]
Revelation in an hour – John Hosier
How to read the book of Revelation – Richard Bauckham[audio:http://www.criswell.edu/audio/Bauckham_Richard_3508.mp3]
Also, my friend Andrew Fountain recently preached a two part series giving an overview of the book of Revelation. He has a solid grasp of the book and often teaches a longer series on it, which you can find the outline for here.
Finally, I want to higlight two series of talks on Revelation that are well worth your time. The first is a six-part seminar series by Liam Thatcher, which he gave very recently at Christ Church London. I have found these extremely helpful and are a great introduction to the message of the book, presented in a very accessible style:
- Revelation 1 – Apocalypse Now
- Revelation 4-5 – The Lamb and the Throne
- Revelation 6-11; 16 – Seals, Trumpets and Bowls
- Revelation 12-13 – The woman and the dragon
- Revelation 20 – The Millennium
- Revelation 21-22 – New Creation
Also, Justin Taylor recently linked to a 26 part lecture series on Revelation by Don Carson. Carson is an excellent expositor and is rumoured to be writing the Pillar Commentary on Revelation, so I would expect these to be very thorough.
Do please let me know in the comments of any resources you would recommend in addition to these.