"Smalley offers a richly detailed, traditional commentary on the Johannine Apocalypse." (David A. deSilva, Ashland Theological Seminary)
"Subtitled A Commentary on the Greek Text of the Apocalypse,
this book is exactly that. And as such it will make an immediate appeal to those who know the author's highly valued earlier works on the Gospel and letters of John.
"Dr. Smalley has added an impressive contribution to what is now his trilogy. It is a notable achievement. It is difficult to think of any aspect of this enigmatic biblical book that is left untouched as he unfolds the drama of Revelation.
"Already he had offered a foretaste of his interest in the Apocalypse in the title Thunder and Love;
yet this volume is a much fuller and detailed treatment that will satisfy the needs of any who seek an understanding of John's message both in the first-century setting and today when the church faces issues of imperial powers that contradict its witness.
"In all, it is an impressive volume that will send the student back to the Greek Testament in a way that is user-friendly, and assist the preacher in coming to terms with a biblical text that is often misunderstood and ill-used.
"A warm welcome awaits this noteworthy achievement that combines learning with relevance." (Professor Ralph P. Martin, Scholar-in-Residence, Haggard School of Theology, Azusa Pacific University)
"Certainly the most dramatic book in the New Testament is Revelation, but few have thought to approach the work as if it were a drama rather than a diachronic walk through the Last Days and the End with colorful imagery. Stephen Smalley, having spent much of his academic career working on Johannine literature, now provides us with a full-dress theological and narrative commentary on Revelation especially attuned to its dramatic quality. Full of interesting analysis and keen and seasoned insight, this sane and creative approach to the most difficult book of the New Testament is something for which we may indeed be thankful." (Ben Witherington III, Professor of New Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary, and author of Revelation in the New Cambridge Bible Commentary series)
About the Author
Stephen S. Smalley (Ph.D., Cambridge) is an internationally recognized Johannine scholar and Dean Emeritus of Chester Cathedral, England. His previous books include Christ and Spirit in the New Testament, John: Evangelist and Interpreter, Thunder and Love: John's Revelation and John's Community and 1, 2, 3 John in the Word Biblical Commentary.