A Shorter Commentary
G. K. Beale’s monumental New International Greek Testament Commentary volume on The Book of Revelation has been highly praised since its publication in 1999. This shorter commentary distills the superb grammatical analysis and exegesis from that tome (over 1,300 pages) into a book more accessible and pertinent to preachers, students, and general Christian readers.
As in the original commentary, Beale views Revelation as an integrated whole, as a conscious continuation of the Old Testament prophetic books, and shows that recognizing the book’s nearly constant use of Old Testament allusions is key to unlocking its meaning. Interspersed throughout the volume are more than 60 sets of “Suggestions for Reflection” to help readers better grasp the relevance of this valuable and mysterious prophetic book to their lives and our world today.
“This `shorter’ commentary (at over 500 pages) dwarfs most others, not so much in size as in substance. Beale’s “eclectic redemptive-historical idealist view” opens up Revelation’s literary flow, spiritual logic, and eschatological message. At last, a commentary that actually explains Revelation rather than compounding its complexity.”
— Robert W. Yarbrough, Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO
“In this volume we are treated to a briefer version of Greg Beale’s massive commentary on Revelation, but that work’s exegetical depth and theological profundity are still present in the abbreviated volume. No one can afford to preach, teach, or write on Revelation without reading Beale.”
— Thomas R. Schreiner, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky
About the Author
Gregory K. Beale is a biblical scholar, currently a Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. He is an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.