The Revelation to John by Stephen Smalley is a magisterial interpretation of John's Apocalypse as a grand drama, which can only be properly understood in light of John's Gospel and letters and in the context of the Johannine community. As such, it offers the reader a significantly different approach to this enigmatic text than that offered by most contemporary commentaries. Working directly from the Greek text, Smalley offers a masterful analysis of the critical and literary dimensions of the Apocalypse for students and scholars alike.
Here is a fresh contribution to the scholarly study of this captivating but often perplexing book of the Bible. Smalley demonstrates that the Apocalypse speaks directly to any situation in any age and offers a portrait of God's loving justice that is relevant to our own society.
"An erudite and comprehensive work of truly impressive biblical scholarship, The Revelation to John: A Commentary on the Greek Text of the Apocalypse is a highly recommended core addition to personal, academic, and seminarian New Testament Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists."
The Revelation to John
Prologue: The Oracle Is Disclosed (1.1-8)
Act 1: Creation, and Salvation Through Judgment (1.9--11.19)
Scene 1: Seven Oracles (1.9--3.22)
Interval: Adoration in Heaven's Court: God and His Christ (4.1--5.14)
Scene 2: Seven Seals (6.1-17)
Interval: The Church Protected (7.1-17)
Scene 3: Seven Trumpets (8.1--9.21)
Interval: God's Sovereignty (10.1--11.19)
Act 2: Salvation Through Judgment, and New Creation (12.1-- 22.17)
Scene 4: Seven Signs (12.1--14.20)
Interval: A New Exodus (15.1-8)
Scene 5: Seven Bowls (16.1-21)
Interval: The Fall of Babylon (17.1--18.24)
Scene 6: Seven Visions (19.1--20.15)
Interval: Prelude to the Final Scene (21.1)
Scene 7: Seven Prophecies (21.2--22.17)
Epilogue: The Oracle Is Complete (22.18-21)