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  • Series: The New American Commentary (Book 39)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Holman Reference (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805401393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805401394
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Paige Patterson (Ph.D. New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary) is president and professor of theology and occupies the L.R. Scarborough Chair of Evangelism ("Chair of Fire") at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also a noted outdoorsman, SCUBA diver, and adventurer, holding membership in Safari Club International and the National Rifle Association.  He is author of commentaries on First Corinthians, First Peter, Titus, and Song of Solomon and numerous articles on various aspects of theology.

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It is very easy to read.
Carl A. Dixon
I highly recommend it to anyone for a serious study of Revelation.
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Great book and great job Dr. Patterson.
Eddie Brookshire

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Brian C. Davidson on March 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
It should be noted that I read Triumph of the Lamb, More Than Conquerors and this commentary within a span of a few months. This is important to note because Triumph of the Lamb and More Than Conquerors are held in very high esteem by a generation of readers, and the NAC on Revelation is, at least in my opinion, stronger than both of these volumes. This should not be overlooked in light of the fact that I actually more closely adhere to the other two authors' eschatology than to Patterson's. Nonetheless, in terms of the commentary on Revelation (not eschatology per se) provided by the authors, this volume stands superior.

The first one-third of the volume covers a brief overview of the critical data such as authorship, date, occasion, etc. Within the same space, it launches into the first 3 to 4 chapters of Revelation including an archaeological, historical, and geographical survey of each of the 7 churches. This is both fascinating, and extraordinarily enlightening as one approaches interpretation of the letters (especially Laodicea).

The next two-thirds of the book cover the remaining 18 chapters. Patterson is an unabashed dispensationalist; however, unlike most commentators (of all eschatological persuasions), he resists the temptation to color his interpretation of verses in light of his eschatology. Rather, he allows his reading of Revelation to inform his eschatology - as it should be.

In my judgment, Patterson should be read by any believer, regardless of their eschatology because it represents an honest, unbiased reading of the text. The conclusions drawn may differ from Patterson's, but that in no way negates the value of his years of scholarship and study into the text of Revelation.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Frysword on July 23, 2013
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I was a bit surprised to see so many 5 star reviews of this book! Not that I think Patterson's commentary is 'bad' in any way, though I do think it is lacking in certain respects. So, my three star review may indicate a small disagreement as to what the nature of a commentary 'is' or should be - rather than critiquing Patterson's theological position or exegesis.

I do think there are some very good parts of the book. The second part of the commentary, in the exegesis of the first part of Revelation concerning the cities, their historical background and therefore their proper place in the exegesis of this particular part of Revelation is great. And Patterson is able to make his case for his pre-trib premil viewpoint quite nicely. If you are looking for a good, standard, pre-trib premil commentary, you would have to look no further.

However, I think Patterson does not significantly deal with other interpretations. Often, he only does show very shallowly. Again, I think a commentary should significantly deal with other interpretations, moreso than Patterson did--but, I'm not saying that literally EVERY single commentary has to. The NAC attempts to be laymen friendly I think -- so it tries to walk a fine line between overtly scholarly and down to earth. For example, Patterson's treatment of numbers and their symbology are also shallow, or often ignored. He does not go to great lengths to explain why he exegetes certain things literally and other things from the same text symbolically. And I think he also gets sidetracked at times.
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Too many big words for us to use easily..
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carl A. Dixon on February 5, 2013
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I literally have most every conservative and near conservative commentary on Revelation i know of. I recently purchased Patterson's commentary and like it very much. It is very easy to read. He is fair minded regarding differing views but leaves lots of room for you to make up your own mind on differing views. He is a 'futurist' but not lock-step with all others holding his eschatological view. If you can only read one commentary i would say you will not be disappointed.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 7, 2014
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very easy read not over tech. but went into great detail on the different judgment of God! not a Grant Osburn but half cost! good for Sunday School teacher and Pastors if they had long week and didn't have a lot study time
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RG Bud Phelps on March 18, 2015
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I have only completed about 50% of the book: Revelation. 39 (The New American Commentary), but what I have read and analyzed to this point have been very helpful toward the understanding of the Bible Book of Revelations.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason Dennis on February 28, 2015
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Excellent commentary on the book of Revelation!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eddie Brookshire on May 12, 2014
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Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! I have been awaiting this issue of the New American Commentary for many years. I commend the publishers for finally getting out to the people. I give this book five stars for the quality of its exposition, its attention to detail and accurately describing the context in which the biblical message was originally written. Dr. Patterson has been faithful to accurately and with great integrity exposit. the truth of the sacred text found in the book of Revelation. Further, it has been written from the perspective of a theologically conservative scholar who has spent most of his life delivering the message of the Lord Jesus Christ. Great book and great job Dr. Patterson. You have my utmost respect and admiration.
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More About the Author

As the eighth president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Paige Patterson has four decades of experience in educating pastors and missionaries. After almost 18 years as president of The Criswell College in Dallas, he served for 11 years as president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, before his decade at Southwestern. Even as a pastor he offered instruction in Greek and biblical studies to his parishioners. The focus of Dr. Patterson's leadership is an intense commitment to evangelism and the task of global missions with a foundational component of demanding research and rigorous academic preparation.

After graduating from Hardin-Simmons University, Patterson completed the Master of Theology (Th.M.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Southern Baptists elected him as president of the Southern Baptist Convention for two terms, 1998-2000. During those years he appointed a committee to revise the Baptist Faith & Message, the confession most widely employed by Southern Baptists, and presided over the historic session of the convention in which this revised confession was adopted.
While studying at New Orleans Seminary, Patterson was pastor of a church and operated, with street evangelist Leo Humphrey, a coffeehouse in the famous French Quarter. There he shared the good news of salvation in Christ with biker gangs, underworld figures, homosexuals, prostitutes, and runaway teenagers from all over the United States.

The President and Mrs. Patterson have traveled to and ministered in more than 125 countries of the world. He has shared the gospel of Jesus Christ with heads of state in various countries, including Yasser Arafat and Menachem Begin. He has led church planting movements in New Hampshire and other states in America and served as pastor of churches in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas.
For the past few years, Dr. Patterson has spoken at Christian sportsman banquets throughout the United States. Using PowerPoint presentations about hunting dangerous game and emphasizing the critical importance of fathers in the role of building their sons from "the mischievous raw material of boys" into manhood, he rejoices that more than 2,000 men have come to Christ through these banquets. These sportsman events develop naturally out of Dr. Patterson's love for the "outback." He is a scuba diver and an avid hunter - he has taken three of the African "big five" (lion, leopards, and buffalo). Despite their busy schedules, Dr. and Mrs. Patterson have both found time to pen numerous books and articles. Dr. Patterson's publications include commentaries on Song of Solomon, 1 Corinthians, Titus, 1 Peter, and most recently on Revelation for The New American Commentary Series.

The beginning of his tenure as President in August 2003 marked Paige Patterson's return to Fort Worth. He was born in Fort Worth in 1942 while his father, T.A. Patterson, was completing his Th.D. degree at Southwestern Seminary under the tutelage of W.T. Conner. President Patterson's wife, Dorothy, is professor of theology in women's studies at Southwestern, but she sees her most critically important role as that of wife, mother, and grandmother. Their son Armour is a writer and, together with his wife Rachel, lives in Arizona's Sonora Desert. Their daughter Carmen is married to Mark Howell, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Daytona Beach, Florida. The Howells have presented the Pattersons with two granddaughters, Abigail and Rebekah. Chayil, the president's young, black Labrador retriever, completes the family circle.

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