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'The series places the accent on theologicalA" and reflects current interpretive ferment marked by growing resistance to the historical-critical project. This series holds the promise of asking interpretive questions that are deeply grounded in the primal claims of faith.'--Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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"Mangina leads his readers Beatrice-like through the strange topography of the Apocalypse, helping us to rediscover it as a place where heaven traffics with earth, and imaginations conspire to tell the truth of the God of the gospel. Such deft theological reading should embolden preachers in our day to proclaim John's unsettling vision for what it is--a vivid witness to Jesus Christ fit to console, admonish, and summon the church amidst God's remaking of the world."--Philip Ziegler, University of Aberdeen

"Another lucidly written, theologically profound volume in what is emerging as a great commentary series. Mangina shows that Revelation is not an otherworldly book; it is a prophetic challenge and source of wisdom addressed to the church in this and every age. His learned study draws on centuries of theological thought (and also artistic interpretations), yet it is filled with fresh and often surprising insights. Mangina's work is useful--even inspiring--for contemporary theology and ministry."--Ellen F. Davis, Duke Divinity School

"Neither a book of resentment nor a symbolic work that needs decoding, Revelation is presented here as an 'apocalyptic haggadah.' Mangina's splendid commentary offers a rich theological interpretation drawing on liturgy, hymnody, creeds, and artistic depictions that invite us not only into the book of Revelation but also into the life of its true author, the Holy Trinity."--D. Stephen Long, Marquette University

"In this richly rewarding commentary, Mangina keeps his eye trained on the most important question we can ask about Revelation: how is this weirdest, most beguiling biblical book about the Triune God?"--Lauren F. Winner, Duke Divinity School

"This well-written, literate, and illuminating commentary on a classically obscure text is at once theologically astute and ecclesiastically up building--a rare combination indeed. I gladly commend it to scholars and teachers, preachers and laypeople alike."--Travis Kroeker, McMaster University
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  • Series: Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Brazos Press (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587431122
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587431128
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have never read any of the Brazos commentaries before. Maybe I've just been too busy. But maybe I'm just a lazy stiff. I have read about negative, even dismissive comments concerning contemporary biblical criticism from the editor of the series, R. R. Reno, comments which do not exactly endear him to me or make me eager to read commentaries in this series. And at an SBL meeting a few years ago, I heard Stanley Hauerwas, the great, lovely, foul-mouthed moral theologian and author of a commentary on Matthew in the series, make some downright wacky comments about certain aspects of Matthew. But since I have been teaching (or trying to teach) undergraduates the Book of Revelation for more than a decade, I thought I should take this one out for a spin. I am so glad that I did. This is a superb work. The author, Joseph L. Mangina, an associate professor of theology at Wycliffe College (Toronto), is an amazingly learned man. He draws greatfully and effectively on some very fine critical scholarship on Revelation. In this respect, I would highlight his frequent reference to the outstanding book by Craig Koester, Revelation and the End of All Things (Eerdmans), which I use as my textbook, and the insightful volume The Theology of the Book of Revelation (Cambridge), by the multitalented Richard Bauckham -- one of the finest scholars of the New Testament and Early Judaism ever to draw a breath, and a systematic theologian in his own right, regarded as the leading interpreter one of the theological giants of the late 20th and early 21st century, Jurgen Moltmann.Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alan Hirsch on June 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have been slowly working my way through the Brazos series and i have to admit that I am very impressed with the overall quality of the commentaries read so far (Genesis, Matthew, and Deuteronomy). Recently I picked up this marvelous commentary and have not been able to put it down. A rare feat indeed as I find reading most commentaries a rather dry exercise in combing my way through rather tedious layers of critical exegesis with little said as to the theological significance of the text.

This one is different. It reads like an Umberto Eco novel...complex, intriguing, suggestive, and insightful. Mangina clearly has a brilliant mind, a generous spirit, an excellent turn of phrase, and a love for the text that comes through every chapter. I heartily recommend it to you...
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mike Robinson on June 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Book of the Revelation authored by the Apostle John and inspired by the triune God, is also called "Revelation" and "The Apocalypse of John." Revelation is the only New Testament book on which John Calvin did not write a commentary. Herein IVP in its "Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible" delivers a fascinating volume on the Book of Revelation that is a fine resource for ministers, Seminary teachers, students, and learned laypeople. "Revelation" by Joseph Mangina provides an interesting commentary on the last book of the Bible that focuses on the revealing of Jesus Christ, the glory of the triune God, and application for the modern church.

The author brings the cultural, linguistic, and hermeneutical matters required for the proper interpretation and application of this oft misconstrued apocalyptic text. Mangina informs the reader that the foremost objective of Revelation is the awesome disclosure and profession of the Lord Jesus Christ as the Supreme Lord of glory.

Important features of this commentary are:

- Expositions and comments from numerous ancient sources
- Historical work from sundry scholarly sources including ministers, historians, and theologians
- Interaction with important creeds, hymns, and ecclesiastical work.

This is a marvelous resource to utilize with exegetical and expositional commentaries.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 14, 2010
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I have never read any of the Brazos commentaries before. Maybe I've just been too busy. But maybe I'm just a lazy stiff. I have read about negative, even dismissive comments concerning contemporary biblical criticism from the editor of the series, R. R. Reno, comments which do not exactly endear him to me or make me eager to read commentaries in this series. And at an SBL meeting a few years ago, I heard Stanley Hauerwas, the great, lovely, foul-mouthed moral theologian of our time and the author of a commentary on Matthew in the series, make some downright wacky comments about certain aspects of Matthew. But since I have been teaching (or trying to teach) undergraduates the Book of Revelation for more than a decade, I thought I should take this one out for a spin. I am so glad that I did. This is a superb work. The author, Joseph L. Mangina, an associate professor of theology at Wycliffe College (Toronto), is an amazingly learned man. He draws greatfully and effectively on some very fine critical scholarship on Revelation. In this respect, I would highlight his frequent reference to the outstanding book by Craig Koester, Revelation and the End of All Things (Eerdmans), which I use as my textbook, and the insightful volume The Theology of the Book of Revelation (Cambridge), by the multitalented Richard Bauckham -- one of the finest scholars of the New Testament and Early Judaism ever to draw a breath, and a systematic theologian in his own right, regarded as the leading interpreter one of the theological giants of the late 20th and early 21st century, Jurgen Moltmann.Read more ›
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