Item description for Revelation (New Cambridge Bible Commentary) by III Witherington & Ben III Witherington...
Overview Based on the NRSV, this volume inaugurates a splendid new series. Adopting a socio-rhetorical approach, it offers special "Closer Look" sections examining key elements of the Greco-Roman world and "Bridging the Horizons" sections connecting the ancient world to today, plus an annotated bibliography. 280 pages, softcover.
Publishers Description This book is the first of its kind: an innovative socio-rhetorical commentary on the Book of Revelation. Without sacrificing scholarly perspective or academic rigor, it is written to be accessible for a wide audience--including pastors, scholars, teachers, seminarians, and interested lay people. A "Suggested Reading List"--a feature of all volumes in the New Cambridge Bible Commentary--will serve as point of entry for the new serious student of Revelation and as a helpful annotated bibliography for all readers. Frequent "Closer-Look" sections examine key elements of the Roman-Greco world that bear on the text's meaning while "Bridging the Horizons" sub-chapters connect this world with the cultural, political, and religious environments of today. The entire NRSV translation is provided throughout the text as a convenience to the reader. Award-winning author Ben Witherington III brings a New Testament scholar's insight to the often opaque passages of the last book of the New Testament.
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Studio: Cambridge University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 5.9" Height: 1" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2003
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Series New Cambridge Bible Commentary
ISBN 0521000688 ISBN13 9780521000680
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Fun to Read, Lots to Learn! May 30, 2007
Ben does a great job on this exposition of Revelation. He sees the book as a call through His servant job for the church to persevere in its worship of the one true Emperor, the one true God.Dr. Witherington contends that the books was written near the close of the first century in the days of the emperor Domitian. He acknowledges that the imagery of Revelation is symbolic and is applicable to a wide variety of situations.
But he also stresses that John sees the events of Revelation as working toward the end of human history as we know it. Ben notes that the seventh seal, the seventh trumpet, and the pouring out of the seventh bowl all climax with the close of the age. Yet he also notes that each series of seven judgments are increasingly intense and affect a larger proportion of the population.
Ben observes that John is thoroughly familiar with the Hebrew Scriptures and with the noncanonical writings, and that he uses and reworks these images freely.
Ben sees the mighty angel of Revelation 10 as a powerful representative of the Messiah. The two lampstands of Revelation 11 represent either the evangelistic witness of the churches of Smyrna and Philadelphia, or the collective church's prophetic witness.
Dr. Witherington sees the woman of Revelation 12 as a portrait of the people of God (I think of this woman as Israel - see Joseph's dream details in Genesis 37). he is undecided about whether the defeat of Satan in Revelation 12 happens at the time of the crucifixion and resurrection or at a later time.
Ben does a good job of contrasting the godly woman of Revelation 12 with the wicked whore of Revelation 17-18. He also takes a premillennial interpretation of chapter 20, though acknowledging that 1000 years is figurative for a long period of time and not necessarily a literal 1000 year period.
He also points out that Revelation 21-22 is a description of the character of that city and should not be taken as a literal portrayal of the city's geography.
Ben sees the book of Revelation as insider information for Christians who are living in perilous times. I like how he is able to apply the text to our lives in the bridging the horizon sections.
The commentary is engagingly written, and the interpretations are sound. Ben takes dispensational interpretations to task at Revelation 3:10 and at 4:1, noting that these are not rapture texts.
Buy this commentary for a simple yet profound take on the book of Revelation. I enjoyed it more than any other commentary on Revelation, although Craig Koester's book is great, too.
FANTASTIC!! Aug 5, 2006
A remarkable commentary! Normally a clear and accessible work of biblical scholarship lacks depth or objective analysis. NOT so this commentary. This is as good as any Witherington book I have read. It starts off with general discussion about the authorship, dating and historical background of Revelation and moves into a detailed commentary. The complete text of Revelation is included, and the author comments on every verse. The low price of the paperback version makes your purchase a great deal.
Good, but... Jan 5, 2006
Though I have thoroughly enjoyed the other books that I've read by Witherington, I had real trouble getting through this one.
His other books provided great insight into contemporary writing styles and, thus, insight into what the original text would have meant to the original hearers. Obviously, this is critical to an understanding of what Scripture means to us.
However, in Revelation, Witherington has not done a good job of connecting us with what the hearers of Revelation would have understood. Part of this is the difficulty of Revelation itself. With all its symbolic language, visions of the future, and pictographic explanations of the past, there is much to stumble over. Determining how the original hearers would have understood all this can be an intimidating venture.
Unfortunately, Witherington stumbles in a number of areas. Because of the generality of some of the images, Witherington suggests several meanings but then leaves us hanging as to what he thinks could be the accurate depiction. Though this is not problematic if done occasionally, there are so many pictures that Witherington is unwilling to definitively state his ideas on that we are left wondering what he believes. Though an interesting read to find out the `what could it mean' perspective, Witherington gives no consistent explanation of his take on the whole book.
Overall, although not a bad commentary, I did not find that it sparked my interest enough to be expectantly turning each page to see what other truths he could illuminate for me. Though I'm not unconvinced by his propositions, I'm not sure he's made the best case for those propositions.
For the full review, go to the blog listed in my nickname and click on the Readings category.