“And though St. John saw many strange monsters in his vision, he saw no creature so wild as one of his own commentators.” – Chesterton, Orthodoxy
As I prepare to preach through the book of Revelation I want to share several of the helpful resources I have used in preparation with brief commentary on why I have found them helpful. I hold to what G.K. Beale has termed an “Eclectic,” or “Redemitive-Historical Idealist” interpretation. Therefore, this bibliography does not include commentary suggestions for alternative interpretations (Futurist, Historicist, Preterist).
The Book of Revelation: A Commentary on the Greek Text
* Beale, Gregory K. The Book of Revelation: A Commentary on the Greek Text. Grand Rapids; Cambridge: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company; Carlisle, 1999.
Revelation: A Shorter Commentary
Beale, G. K., and David H. Campbell. Revelation: A Shorter Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2015.
Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament
Revelation contains more Old Testament quotes and allusions than any other New Testament book. Carson and Moo help us make the connections. This is a massive reference work, but it covers the entire New Testament. It can be rather academic.
Beale, G. K., and D. A. Carson. Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament. Grand Rapids, MI; Nottingham, UK: Baker Academic; Apollos, 2007.
* Beeke, Joel R. Revelation. Edited by Joel R. Beeke and Jon D. Payne. The Lectio Continua Expository Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, 2016.
An Introduction to the New Testament
Another large reference work. Any time you begin studying a book of the New Testament you ought to give consideration to “critical issues.” These are questions of authorship, audience, occasion, provenance etc. They help you frame the entire context of the book.
Carson, D. A., and Douglas J. Moo. An Introduction to the New Testament. Second Edition. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2005.
Revelation: Four Views
This commentary shows the 4 main interpretations of Revelation (Preterist, Historicist, Futurist, Idealist) in parallel. I’m using this work to be aware of where other Christians disagree with my interpretation.
Gregg, Steve. Revelation, Four Views: A Parallel Commentary. Nashville, TN: T. Nelson Publishers, 1997.
The Returning King: A Guide to the Book of Revelation
Another helpful and accessible commentary on Revelation. Essentially, I am relying on Beale’s larger commentary to help me with interpretive issues while looking to Beeke & Poythress for examples of preaching and application.
Poythress, Vern S. The Returning King: A Guide to the Book of Revelation. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2000.
Symbols and Reality: A Guided Study of Prophecy
Ryken, Leland. Symbols and Reality: A Guided Study of Prophecy, Apocalypse, and Visionary Literature. Reading the Bible as Literature. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2016.