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Revelation: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries): 38A An amazing, well organized, amassing of information from every period of written history Regardless of your current eschatology, you will find useful quotations, summaries, analyses, pagan and biblical parallels, references, textual analysis, and bibliographical notes.Koester s aim is not so much to build a detailed eschatological scheme as to understand the Book of Revelation as its original readers might have understood it.Koester s structural analysis of the book as consistng of six cycles accords almost exactly with a linguistics based, discourse analysis The same criteria could make out Revelation chapter 18 to be a separate cycle I was especially pleased that Koester identified the one like a human being Son of Man in Rev 14.14 as taken from Daniel and applied by Jesus to himself.However, if you are looking for proofs of a dispensational or pre seven year rapture doctrine, you may be disappointed, although you will find references to the usual American authors such as Scofield, Walvoord, Lindsey and others, but no defense of them.Happily, the Koester affirms that there will be an eschaton that includes the events described by Jesus and his apostles, such as his visible return, the resurrection of the righteous dead, the taking of the church into heaven, a visible, physical return Jesus in judgement against a coming Man of Sin, a fall of the world system, a reign of Christ, and a final judgement, followed by a new heaven and a new earth Really, what do you want 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 Having read and appreciated Joseph A Fitzmyer s commentary on The Acts of the Apostles , which is another volume in the Anchor Yale Bible series, I waited impatiently for the publication of the Anchor Yale commentary on the book of Revelation, and bought it almost as soon as it was published, late in 2015.I was disappointed by it Why This book by Koester needs radical editing, since it routinely makes most statements three times and some statements four or times The book contains the expected and necessary apparatus, such as preface, lists of abbreviations, sources consulted, indices, etc The translation of Revelation by Koester is printed before the commentary itself pp 3 25 This is followed by an introduction to the text, a little over 130 pages long pp 29 150 This is on the whole good Next is a comprehensive and interesting bibliography 54 pages long pp 153 206.Thus, the main section, entitled Notes and Comments , starts on page 207 It finishes on page 859 This is where things go seriously wrong One soon hits repeats of statements made in the introduction But it does not stop here Each section of Revelation has its own introduction, which repeats information from the main introduction Then Koester s translation of the relevant passage is re printed, so his translation of the whole of Revelation is in fact printed twice in this book Then come Notes, which go through the section verse by verse or phrase by phrase, exactly as required for any Bible commentary Unfortunately, the Notes generally repeat information from the main introduction and from the introduction to the section so that makes it a third time After the Notes comes a section entitled COMMENT This mostly repeats information from the general introduction, the introduction to the section and the Notes so that makes it a fourth time Of course, there is detailed information in the Notes that is not in any of the introductions that precede it, but most of that, new, information is repeated in the COMMENT section And some information is repeated constantly from section to section Merely by way of example, the reporting of the stories of Nero s supposed anticipated return from the dead is mentioned than twenty times the subject index lists, by my count, 21 references to this, some of them multiple pages in length.It seems to me that it would be possible to edit the book down from 859 pages to 250 pages without any loss of information.I have read the entire book from cover to cover including careful perusal of the Bibliography before writing this review, but I imagine that most people with less leisure time than me will give up after about 240 pages or dip in for specific passages or verses, which is a good use of a commentary but not at all the way to study the book of Revelation.The target audience envisioned by the author and publishers is not at all clear to me A total absence of a devotional focus means that it is not ideally suited to the individual Christian believer If the target audience is other scholars or church ministers, I wonder why the Greek is only presented transliterated into Roman script In fact, the references to Greek are odd, with Greek words transliterated sometimes printed after a given English word, for no obvious reason That is to say, seeing the Greek word there does not aid comprehension or reveal any sort of pattern or other information Nor is the choice of the Greek word discussed with only a couple of exceptions throughout the whole of the book.The historical context of interpretations through the centuries is interesting The author generally presents the different interpretations given both in the past and at the present time, with little indication of his preference, although he does sometimes say that one interpretation is less likely or less convincing than another, for reasons that he gives.Evangelicals are unlikely to appreciate his attitude to the text For instance, According to Revelation, access to God s city is not reserved for those who have never sinned, but for those who are cleansed by the blood of Christ p 810 , Revelation ascribes to Christ a role at the beginning and end of all things p 841 , The assumption is that the book s message originates with God and the exalted Jesus p 849 Statements made in the book of Revelation are often claimed to contradict statements elsewhere in the Bible although Koester carefully avoids such confrontational terminology The book also constantly quotes from Apocryphal books, although this may be justifiable because of the light that it might throw on the perceptions of either the first readers or other readers in subsequent centuries.Many readers may find Tom Wright s Revelation for Everyone which I have partially skimmed but not fully read helpful The pages that I read seemed to include the same major facts but without all the repetition.Also, Richard Bauckham s The Theology of the Book of Revelation which I have read in full is an excellent, short 164 page introduction to the main themes of Revelation, without being a verse by verse commentary Recommended.In conclusion, there is some good information in this book If all the repetition were eliminated, it could easily merit three stars and might struggle to attain four. And I m resigned to the fact that Koester s will STILL be the best available after my own is completed and in print Readers will find here a commentary that is thoroughly informed by the archaeological and epigraphic evidence from the cities of western Asia Minor, close study of intertexture between Revelation and the various resources which have gone in some way into its formation Hebrew Bible, Second Temple Jewish literature, particularly apocalyptic literature, emerging Christian traditions, and Roman imperial ideology , thoughtful consideration of how Greco Roman texts inform our understanding of Revelation, and the application of the well honed exegetical skills and instincts manifested in Koester s earlier commentaries I think especially of his excellent contribution on Hebrews to this same series Perhaps needless to say, this is a commentary written from the point of view that John s seven churches really mattered to him from start to finish not a treatment of Revelation that assumes that Rev 4 1ff was written for an audience two millennia removed While I continue to appreciate the commentaries by Aune, Beale, and Osborne, especially, THIS is the commentary I have been waiting for both for my own consumption and my class on Revelation.I am delighted to find Koester s magisterial commentary now available in paperback This was released in hardcover in 2014, but the price tag made it prohibitive to use as a required textbook for my course on Exegesis of Revelation At the paperback price, it s still a bit steep, but well worth it for the quality of coverage that Koester brings to the text. A very comprehensive commentary that offers great historical, theological, and biblical insights that give you a balanced understanding of the four views The Old Testament references and historical insights are invaluable, this book will be a permanent part of my Revelation library for years to come. A comprehensive scholarly review of the Biblical text When I saw the book, I thought it might be a little much However, it is interesting and informative I recommend it highly to anyone leading a study on Revelation. There is a lot to cover and frankly, I ve only covered half of the book in my studies along with several other references So far it is very well done, not too formal yet detailed enough for understanding some of the difficult passages I gave it a 5 star rating as I don t expect to be disappointed in remaining chapters. A wonderfully detailed study enlightening my mind and Spirit Reading this causes any fear of the Apocalypse to recede. Great

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