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An Exegetical Commentary

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The Book of Revelation contains some of the most difficult passages in Scripture. Grant Osborne's commentary on Revelation interprets the text while also introducing readers to the perspectives of contemporary scholarship in a clear and accessible manner.

Osborne begins with a thorough introduction to Revelation and the many difficulties involved in its interpretation. He discusses authorship, date of writing, and the social and cultural setting of the work. He also examines elements that complicate the interpretation of apocalyptic literature, including the use of symbols and figures of speech, Old Testament allusions, and the role of prophetic prediction. Osborne surveys various approaches commentators have taken on whether Revelation refers primarily to the past or to events that are yet future.

Rather than exegeting the text narrowly in a verse-by-verse manner, Osborne examines larger sections in order to locate and emphasize the writer's central message and the theology found therein. Throughout, he presents his conclusions in an accessible manner. When dealing with particularly problematic sections, he considers the full range of suggested interpretations and introduces the reader to a broad spectrum of commentators.

Revelation seeks to reach a broad audience with scholarly research from a decidedly evangelical perspective.

The Author

  1. Grant R. Osborne

    Grant R. Osborne

    Grant R. Osborne (1942-2018; PhD, University of Aberdeen) was professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. In addition to Revelation, he wrote commentaries on Matthew, Mark, John, and Romans and a textbook on hermeneutics. He also served...

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