Books, Books and More Books

Many at CHBC have asked what I have been reading over the past six weeks to prepare for preaching through the Book of Revelation. Thus, I have compiled a list of the books that I have currently read (in whole or in part). I have placed them in alphabetical order by author (not by order of preference or value).

A few words about the books you will find here: First, you will notice that the writers are from diverse backgrounds. It is important that we read widely. Second, you will notice that you will not agree with every author. It is important that we be discerning readers. Third, you will notice that I have listed fifty-seven books and one sermon series. You should not try to read all of these books. We cannot read everything, nor should we try.

A few recommendations: If you have never done a serious study of the Book of Revelation (as I had not), then the best place to start is with books concerning the language of apocalyptic literature, and the history of the churches of Asia Minor. My suggestions would be D. Brent Sandy’s, Plowshares & Pruning Hooks: Rethinking the Language of Biblical Prophecy and Apocalyptic and Price, S.R.F.’s, Rituals and Power: The Roman Imperial Cult in Asia Minor.

The next set of books to peruse would be the history and theology of the New Testament (obviously, we are only currently concerned with the Book of Revelation). My suggestion for an introductory book on the history and theology of the New Testament would be D.A Carson and Douglas J. Moo’s, An Introduction to the New Testament (although F.F. Bruce’s, New Testament History, and George Eldon Ladd’s, A Theology of the New Testament, are excellent as well).

After reflecting on the history and theology of the New Testament concerning the Book of Revelation, you might want to take a look at G.K. Beale’s, A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New. The Book of Revelation is so full of Old Testament allusions that a book like this will be helpful.

Once you are have been introduced to apocalyptic language, and the history and theology of Revelation, it is time to read the Book of Revelation over and over and over again. By reading Revelation repeatedly you will begin to notice several things. First, Revelation contains three types of literature: apocalyptic, prophetic, and it is an epistle/letter. You will also begin see the storyline emerge. There is a damsel in distress. There is a villain that has placed the damsel in distress. There is a Hero. The Hero vanquishes the villain. Then the Hero marries the damsel, and they live happily ever after. It is only after you see the storyline emerging from the text that you are allowed consult commentaries. Commentaries can be helpful, but do not rely upon them to do your work for you. If I could only recommend one commentary out of this list I would recommend G.K. Beale’s, The New International Greek Testament Commentary (NIGTC): The Book of Revelation.

Book List for Studying Revelation:

Aune, David E. Word Biblical Commentary: Revelation (3 Volumes).

Azurdia, Arturo. Sermons on Revelation (81 sermons on mp3 from mongerism.com)

Barclay, William. The New Daily Study Bible: The Revelation of John (2 Volumes).

Bauckham, Richard. New Testament Theology: The Theology of the Book of Revelation.

Bauckham, Richard. The Climax of Prophecy: Studies on the Book of Revelation.

Beale, G.K. A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New.

Beale, G.K. and D.A. Carson: Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament.

Beale, G.K. The New International Greek Testament Commentary (NIGTC): The Book of Revelation.

Beale, G.K. The Use of Daniel in Jewish Apocalyptic Literature and in the Revelation of St. John.

Bratcher, Robert G. and Howard A. Hatton. A Handbook on the Revelation to John (digital book on Logos).

Bruce, F.F. New Testament History.

Bullinger, E.W. Figures of Speech Used in the Bible.

Bunyan, John. The Holy City or the New Jerusalem (digital book on Logos).

Carson, D.A., Douglas J. Moo. An Introduction to the New Testament.

Chilton, David. Paradise Restored: A Biblical Theology of Dominion.

Chilton, David. The Days of Vengeance: An Exposition of the Book of Revelation.

Clouse, Robert G. The Meaning of the Millennium: Four Views.

Collins, Adela Yarbro. Crisis and Catharsis: The Power of the Apocalypse.

Collins, John J. The Apocalyptic Imagination: An Introduction to Jewish Apocalyptic Literature.

Cook, Stephen L. The Apocalyptic Literature.

Easley, Kendell. Holman New Testament Commentary: Revelation (digital book on Logos).

Finamore, Stephen. God, Order and Chaos: Rene Girard and the Apocalypse (digital book on Logos).

Gentry, Kenneth L. The Beast of Revelation.

Hendricksen, William. More Than Conquerors: An Interpretation of the Book of Revelation.

Hoekema, Anthony A. The Bible and the Future.

Ironside, H.A. Revelation: An Expository Commentary (digital book on Logos).

Johnson, Dennis E. Triumph of The Lamb: A Commentary on Revelation.

Kaiser, Walter C. Preaching and Teaching the Last Things: Old Testament Eschatology for the Life of the Church.

Keener, Craig S. The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament.

Kistemaker, Simon J. New Testament Commentary: Revelation.

Ladd, George Eldon. A Commentary on the Revelation of John.

Ladd, George Eldon. A Theology of the New Testament.

Ladd, George Eldon. The Presence of the Future.

MacArthur, John. The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: Revelation (2 Volumes).

Michaels, J. Ramsey. Interpreting the Book of Revelation.

Mounce, Robert H. The New International Commentary on the New Testament: The Book of Revelation (Revised).

Mathison, Keith A. Postmillennialism: An Eschatology of Hope.

Mathison, Keith A. When Shall These Things Be? A Reformed Response to Hyper-Preterism.

Morris, Leon. Tyndale New Testament Commentaries.

Murray, Ian. The Puritan Hope: Revival and the Interpretation of Prophecy.

Oden, Thomas C. Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: New Testament XII, Revelation.

Osborne, Grant. R. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament: Revelation (digital book on Logos).

Pink, A.W. Antichrist (digital book on Logos).

Poythress, Vern S. The Returning King: A Guide to the Book of Revelation.

Price, S.R.F. Rituals and Power: The Roman Imperial Cult in Asia Minor.

Reddish, Mitchell G. Apocalyptic Literature: A Reader.

Riddlebarger, Kim. A Case for Amillennialsim: Understanding the End Times.

Sandy, D. Brent. Plowshares & Pruning Hooks: Rethinking the Language of Biblical Prophecy and Apocalyptic.

Schnable, Eckhard. 40 Questions About The End Times.

Simeon, Charles. Horae Homileticae Volume 21: Revelation (digital book on Logos).

Spense, H.D.M. The Pulpit Commentary: Revelation (digital book on Logos).

Sproul, R.C. The Last Days According to Jesus.

Swete, H.B. The Apocalypse of St. John (digital book on Logos).

Vos, Geerhardus. The Eschatology of the Old Testament.

Walvoord, John F. Revelation.

Wilcock, Michael. The Bible Speaks Today: The Message of Revelation.

Wright, N.T. Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church.

Wright, N.T. Revelation for Everyone.

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