Revelation

A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary

Craig R. Koester

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September 30, 2014
928 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
38 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300144888
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In this landmark commentary, Craig R. Koester offers a comprehensive look at a powerful and controversial early Christian text, the book of Revelation. Originally written for Christian communities in Asia Minor, Revelation depicts scenes of cosmic conflict in which God, the creator of the world, overcomes the forces of destruction and makes all things new. This often misunderstood portion of the New Testament repeatedly surprises readers by warning that judgment is imminent, only to interrupt the visions of terror with messages of hope and redemption.
           
Koester provides richly textured descriptions of the book’s setting and language, making extensive use of Greek and Latin inscriptions, classical texts, and ancient Jewish writings, including the Dead Sea Scrolls. While Revelation has often been viewed as world-negating, this commentary focuses on its deep engagement with social, religious, and economic issues. It also addresses the book’s volatile history of interpretation and its cultural impact over the centuries. The result is a groundbreaking study that provides powerful insights and sets new directions for the continued appreciation of this visionary religious text.

Craig R. Koester is the Asher O. and Carrie Nasby Professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.

“This is a rich and welcome contribution to the study of the Book of Revelation. Koester is an able guide, and this volume will undoubtedly become a standard work. Those who read it will do so with great profit, and it will be much cited in future scholarly work.”—Paul Foster, Expository Times

"Koester . . . has succeeded in providing a succinct, interesting, and informative survey of some of the many ways John’s Apocalypse has stirred the imaginations of readers and shaped the church and society. . . . [A] well-researched, accessible guide through the oft-confusing text of Revelation."—Mitchell G. Reddish, ?Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology

“Throughout, Koester engages the diverse opinions expressed by others on Revelation: often agreeing, on occasion indicating a preference between options, and frequently providing reasons why prior opinions were not as useful. . . . This volume [is] accessible to anyone seeking to understand the historical as well as rhetorical impact of Revelation.”—Stan Harstine, Religious Studies Review
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