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-- The Bible Today
"This new edition of the commentary retains the virtues of the first: a well-balanced, traditional approach to the interpretation of Revelation, with a wealth of bibliographical references and a thoughtful, well-written commentary on the literary, historical, and theological significance of the text."

-- The Clergy Journal
"This critical commentary is from the evangelical slant, meticulous at every point. . . Mounce...provides multiple interpretations of the text of Revelation. Yet he also carefully steers a middle course between wooden literalism and undomesticated subjectivism. These features give features of widely divergent theological stances room to move effectively within the commentary. . . For pastors and preachers in search of a solid critical commentary on Revelation, this one is worth the money and time spent on it."

-- Religious Studies Review
"The commentary is clearly written and argued and should be on the shelf of any serious student of Revelation."

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When first published, this volume on Revelation by Robert H. Mounce was widely praised as a standard commentary on the Apocalypse. In this new edition, now based on the text of the NIV and Nestle-Aland, Mounce has revised and expanded his work to reflect more than twenty additional years of mature thought on Revelation and to bring his work up to date with the latest scholarship. As in the original edition, Mounce here engages seriously with the various approaches to interpretation and with the conventions common to apocalyptic literature. In affirming more directly his own reading of the Apocalypse, Mounce steers a middle course between an extreme literalism and a highly imaginative subjectivism, believing this to be the way the ancient text spoke to the first-century churches to whom it was addressed - and the way it still speaks to us today.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 475 pages
  • Publisher: Eerdmans; Revised edition (November 7, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802825370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802825377
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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By rossuk on April 29, 2000
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I regard the first edition of 1977 as a classic commentary on Revelation. If you already own the first edition it is not really worth upgrading to the revised edition (1997). For the scholar Mounce has been overtaken by the much larger Beale. However for the student Mounce is still one of the best commentaries available, I used Mounce more than any other commentary on Revelation I owned in the 1990's and I would recommend it.

Note: Among 7 recent scholarly commentaries on Revelation Mounce is the fourth most cited author.

End note: Since I wrote this review in 2000 Osborne has been published (2002) and I would now put that at the top of my list for students. However, Mounce is a good deal simpler for those studying Revelation for the first time.
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As a pastor working on sermons from the Greek text through Revelation, I've found that Mounce's NICNT commentary on Revelation is one of the best ways for me to summarize what I've read in all the other commentaries.

I have to take exception to the previous reviewer regarding Mounce's commentary on Revelation-saying that Mounce doesn't declare himself on issues. I think Mounce writes with clarity...boiling down the sometimes complex arguments of the various views to a few sentences that make sense. It's surprisingly easy to understand...so good that you can actually use some of his summaries in the pulpit and not lose the average listener! That is amazing to me. He makes a judgment call, sometimes coming to a different view than most or many other commentators.

For example, on the term ANGELOS (Angel) in Revelation 1:20, 2:1 and the other six churches, Mounce reviews the other positions...and then concludes that the term 'prevailing spirit' may capture the real meaning there. However, many believe that the term here means 'angelic messenger' or a real angel from heaven. I think he missed it on that point, but he knows way more about Greek than I do and I respect his position.

I found that Mounce is not always complete when describing the historical situation for each verse. It's helpful to read other commentaries for background information-they all give nuggets that bring out different aspects of the historical situation. For example, Beale (NIGTC) on Revelation has more information as does Aune on Revelation. Also Osborne (Baker) is helpful too. I have perhaps about ten scholarly works on Revelation. Yet Mounce is easier for a busy pastor to read through than any of these other fine authors...even if he gives less information.
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By A Customer on February 10, 2000
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This is one of my favorite commentaries on the Book of Revelation by a prominent scholar. It is written from a historical premillennial perspective and it packs a lot of information yet is not overly technical. A person who holds to a different approach in interpreting Revelation will still gain a lot of insight from reading this commentary. I highly recommend it!
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Having worked through the entire book of Revelation in a 42 sermon series, I find Mounce to be indispensable! Other reviewers are right in saying that he is not as detailed about the historical interpretation of each verse, but that would just indicate that he is more futurist in his understanding, and less a preterist.
Mounce manages to do what so many others have failed to do; to keep the message of the book in the forefront, and not allow it to get lost in the clutter of interminiable squabbling over interpretive details. His work is deep, but not confusing. He deals with the text at hand, and not as much with historical references or the Apocrypha. While these pseudopigraphal references may float the boat of scholars, Mounce keeps his finger in the Revelation text, and so his book is extremely helpful.
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I know that my review will be completely "out of sinc" with most others, but I think there is something about Mounce's book that everyone should know BEFORE they purchase it. I am currently preparing a special study for an advanced class on Revelation. My books on Revelation have multiplied from about 5 to over 30. Almost every leading scholar and serious student lists Mounce's commentary in the top 5 and many either #1 or #2. And Mounce's book is full of information on the many different ways of looking at various issues in Revelation. BUT HE WON'T COMMIT! I have been very frustrated with his book when he just lists the various way of looking at something and then won't say what his view is. That is the reason I got his book -- to know what he thinks. Before you buy this one realize that it is a great book that just won't commit. I'll appologize in advance to those who are offended by my comments. I know that to many saying something negative about Mounce's book on Revelation is like taking a shot at Bounds on Prayer. God bless. Mike
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As a layperson, I found this commentary to be readable and enlightening; you need not be a member of clergy nor a biblical scholar to get through it. Each section of Revelation is preceded by an introductory overview, then followed by a verse-by-verse analysis. Ample footnotes provide further illumination and sources for further reading. If you compare this commentary with other books expounding the "four views" of Revelation, you will find (as expected) that while the NIV tends toward the future, eschatological view, it is not uniformly so, and often cautions against an overly literalistic view of apocalyptic writing in general. I have a few other Revelation commentaries, but if I had to choose just one, this one would definitely be "it."
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