Item description for Revelation (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) by Grant R. Osborne...
Overview A well-respected New Testament scholar provides a substantive yet accessible commentary on this difficult and intriguing book of the Bible.
Publishers Description The Book of Revelation contains some of the most difficult passages in Scripture. Grant Osborne's commentary on Revelation begins with a thorough introduction and the many difficulties involved in its interpretation. He also examines elements that complicate the interpretation of apocalyptic literature. As with all volumes published in the BECNT series, Revelation seeks to reach a broad audience with scholarly research from a decidedly evangelical perspective.
Awards and Recognitions Revelation (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) by Grant R. Osborne has received the following awards and recognitions -
Gold Medallion Book Awards - 2003 Finalist - Reference/Commentaries category
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Studio: Baker Academic
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.28" Width: 6.3" Height: 2.1" Weight: 2.9 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2002
Publisher Baker Academic
Series Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament
ISBN 0801022991 ISBN13 9780801022999
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More About Grant R. Osborne
Dr. Osborne has taught at Winnipeg Theological Seminary and the University of Aberdeen and has pastored churches in Ohio and Illinois. He is currently professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He has been at Trinity since 1977. His areas of expertise include the Gospels, hermeneutics, and the book of Revelation. He also has done postdoctoral research at the universities of Cambridge and Marburg.
Dr. Osborne and his wife, Nancy, reside in Libertyville, Illinois. They have two children. In his spare time Dr. Osborne enjoys travel and nature studies.
Dr. Osborne’s published works include The Resurrection Narratives (Baker, 1984), The Hermeneutical Spiral: A Comprehensive Introduction to Biblical Interpretation (InterVarsity, 1991), and Three Crucial Questions about the Bible (Baker, 1994, 2007). He has also authored commentaries on Revelation (Baker Exegetical series, 2002), Romans (IVP series, 2004), and John (Cornerstone series, forthcoming). He has also coauthored Handbook for Bible Study (Baker, 1979) and The Bible in the Churches (Paulist, 1984). Osborne is editor of the IVP New Testament Commentary series, the Life Application Bible Commentary (Baker), and The Face of New Testament Studies (Baker Academic, 2004). Dr. Osborne was also one of six editors in charge of the New Living Translation (1996). He has recently finished a commentary on Matthew for Zondervan.
Grant R. Osborne currently resides in Deerfield, in the state of Illinois.
Reviews - What do customers think about Revelation (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament)?
Thorough, Balanced and Full of Information Apr 11, 2008
I use this commentary to write a Sunday School lesson plan. It is a wonderful reference, and although he presents his views and reasoning it is balanced enough to let you do your own thinking.
Rev. Review Jan 21, 2008
Very good quality on exegetical insights as well as a fair overview of differing opinions.
The best balance commentary on the Revelation Aug 22, 2006
As a Bible teacher I have read many commentaries on the Revelation. I have taught every verse of the Revelation 3 times and have a different view than the one Osborne has. But in saying that I find this particular commentary the best balanced and clearest thinking of any I have read. It is not a technical commentary but I find it as useful as those that major in handling the original language. So read commentaries that agree with whatever view of interpretation you hold to - then sit back and really enjoy and be challenged by this clear writing scholar.
At the top next to Beale on Revelation Jun 13, 2006
As a pastor who is studying and preaching from the Greek text through Revelation, and who audited Beale at Wheaton on Revelation, I find that this commentary is used on every sermon. It's a first rate commentary with opinions that true scholars and regular pastors learn to respect even if they do not agree with him on every point. Sometimes when reading Beale there are so many references to apocalyptic literature and other sources that one can get overwhelmed. Osborne doesn't give as many references, but the other reviewer is correct...he's easier to read than Beale or Aune. I have several hundred dollars of the best commentaries I could find on Revelation. This one is one of the few that almost always makes it in my book bag (and it's pretty thick). I am unwilling to go without it when I have the potential of preparing a sermon at home rather than my office.
He sets apart special comments and exegetical points in shaded frames for quick reference. One time when we were discussing a particularly detailed and crucial point in class Dr. Beale excitedly said, I've got to call Osborne about this....which shows that if one of the top scholars in the world on Revelation is excited about calling Osborne...he must be great. And as I've used him, I agree. His stuff is great.
When they diverge, I usually go with Beale, but Osborne makes one think carefully and helps you work through issues in a different way than Beale does. The big differences are that Osborne has smooth reading, fewer references to research on most points, but about as much material in general as Beale.
Any pastor who is preaching from Revelation should refer to Osborne as well as Beale for indepth background on almost every nuance of the text one can imagine. So although I cannot say I agree with every single point in this book...it's easily a five star commentary that you need in your library and open on your desk as you research the textual issues and depths of this incredible grand finale of the bible...the book of Revelation.
Excellent for students and teachers Mar 11, 2003
More accessible for the student than Beale, he is very readable and lucid and the layout is clear. He compares the views of different commentators (useful because he includes Beale and Aune). He deals with most options on difficult passages before coming to his own conclusion. Despite its size he is not over detailed. His interpretation is eclectic, i.e. he combines preterist, idealist and futurist, with the futurist being primary rather than idealist. Premill on chap 20. Uses his own translation of the Greek, which is better than the NIV. He is very useful on the Greek and Greek text is transliterated. Footnotes are kept to a minimum and textual variants are left to the end of each section. There is a good bibliography and four indexes. The introduction is short (49 p) but adequate for the student. Comments on a paragraph at a time, individual verses are not indicated, which is a pity. He is a little weak on numerology and sometimes fails to see or mention contrasts such as the new Jerusalem the Bride and Babylon the whore. Overall however, a very useful commentary, which I highly recommend for students, teachers and preachers. I found him hard to put down, he reads so well. He bodes well to become the standard evangelical commentary for students.