Revelation 1-7: An Exegetical Commentary
Conservative, Clear & Comprehensive
Combined with Vol.2 this commentary on Revelation totals more than 1,200 pages. The Bible translation used is the author's own based on the original language, but nevertheless is easy to follow. Greek words in the text of this commentary are transliterated followed by their English counterparts so that all readers can benefit. One slight drawback is that the indexing for both volumes is contained in Vol.2, so both will be required to fully utilize this feature. Dr. Thomas pours over every detail of Revelation verse-by-verse, offering readers insight into a wide range of interpretive positions ranging from the far-fetched to the possible, all before drawing his own conclusions and his reasons for doing so. For example, in his treatment of Revelation 3:4, Dr. Thomas takes almost two pages just to explain what it means to "walk in white," outlining the various positions of other respected commentators, offering historical and cultural insights and showing how the passage relates to the rest of Scripture. Admittedly, there are few commentaries out there today on the book of Revelation that present a solidly conservative, premillennial, dispensational viewpoint and do it with the rare combination of readabilty and academic rigor (minus the senationalism) that Dr. Thomas brings to the table. Sane, reasonable and charitable towards differing opinions, this 2-volume set is well worth the purchase price, even if one does not agree with its conclusions.
October 6, 2012
Thomas has written an outstanding commentary on the Apocalypse. The exegesis and exposition is superb, especially excursions on important topics of historical and theological interest. The interaction with a range of major views, both evangelical and nonevangelical is helpful. The Greek, followed by the transliteration and translation opens up the book to even the layperson. Thomas deals with the various textual issues in details, clarifying the difficult passages, and complimenting them with additional notes where the need arises. This commentary should be on the shelves of all those who are interested in the study of the book of Revelation. I recommend this commentary to the scholar, pastor and even the layperson, as they will benefit from the detailed study. Purchase it even if you own all the other commentaries on Revelation, for you will not regret it.
February 20, 2007
Dr. Thomas, professor of NT at The Master's Seminary in Sun Valley, California, has written the best available commentary on Revelation. His work is extremely well-argued and biblically and hermeneutically faithful. Everyone desiring to understand Revelation from a conservative premillennial position should own and digest this commetary (along with the companion volume). One should also consult, although in some case with a degree of skepticism, the works of Aune (although somewhat liberal), Mounce, Alan F. Johnson (a commentary in the EBC series that is EXCELLENT!), Walvoord, Swete (for his introduction), and Ladd. Greg Beale and Grant Osborne should also be consulted, although with caution.
March 26, 2003