This commentary, like each in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible, is designed to serve the church--providing a rich resource for preachers, teachers, students, and study groups--and demonstrate the continuing intellectual and practical viability of theological interpretation of Scripture.
In this addition to the series, Revelation Joseph Mangina offers a constructive ecclesiology for the role and mission of the church in the twenty-first century formed by a close examination of Revelation.
Examing the necessary cultural, theological and exegetical issues, Mangina makes a compelling case that Revelation is a book that speaks profoundly to the church's mission on the 21st Century, and that it would do well to reexamine this cryptic and troubling book.
This commentary, like each in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible, is designed to serve the church--providing a rich resource for preachers, teachers, students, and study groups--and demonstrate the continuing intellectual and practical viability of theological interpretation of Scripture. In this addition to the series, Joseph Mangina offers a constructive ecclesiology for the role and mission of the church in the twenty-first century formed by a close examination of Revelation.
Joseph L. Mangina (PhD, Yale University) is professor of systematic theology at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, in Toronto, Ontario. He is the editor of Pro Ecclesia, serves on the Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue commission for Canada, and is the author of two books on the thought of Karl Barth.
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
A. R. Kearns Professor of Bible and Practical Theology, Duke Divinity School
"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."
Senior Lecturer in Systematic Theology, University of Aberdeen
"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
Professor of Systematic Theology, Marquette University
"Joseph Mangina has sat patiently with every twist and turn in the Apocalypse. Drawing on conversation partners as diverse as Tolkien, Dylan, and Bonhoeffer, Mangina has produced a fine, rich commentary, one that not only instructs us about the Apocalypse but also urges us to listen to this vision as never before."
-Beverly Roberts Gaventa
Helen H. P. Manson Professor of New Testament Literature and Exegesis, Princeton Theological Seminary
"This well-written, literate, and illuminating commentary on a classically obscure text is at once theologically astute and ecclesiastically upbuilding--a rare combination indeed. I gladly commend it to scholars and teachers, preachers and laypeople alike."
Professor of Religion, McMaster 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
Assistant Professor of Christian spirituality, Duke Divinity School
"We have many splendid commentaries already on Revelation--do we need another one? Mangina's fine work elicits an emphatic 'yes!' His wide-ranging literary imagination and deep grounding in the apocalyptic worldview of New Testament theology has resulted in an astonishingly fresh presentation. This superb commentary will stimulate the best thinking of preachers and pastors, especially those who take a lively interest in the intersection of biblical theology and geopolitics. Highly recommended."
Author of The Bible and the New York Times and The Undoing of Death
"This new series places the accent on 'theological' and reflects current interpretive ferment marked by growing resistance to the historical-critical project. It may be that scripture interpretation is too important to be left to the exegetes, and so a return to the theologians. We will wait with great anticipation for this new series, at least aware that the outcomes of interpretation are largely determined by the questions asked. It is never too late to ask better questions; with a focus on the theological tradition, this series holds the promise of asking interpretive questions that are deeply grounded in the primal claims of faith. The rich promise of the series is indicated by the stature and erudition of the commentators. Brazos has enormous promises to keep with this project, and we wait with eagerness for its appearing!"
Columbia Theological Seminary
"The Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible makes a most welcome contribution to the church, the academic world, and the general public at large. By enlisting a wide range of Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox theologians who differ on much, but who agree on the truth of the Nicene Creed, the series also represents ecumenical activity of the very best kind. It is always a daunting challenge to expound the church's sacred book both simply and deeply, but this impressive line-up of authors is very well situated for the attempt."
-Mark A. Noll University of Notre Dame
"Preachers and teachers in particular, but thoughtful Christians more generally, have long lamented the slide of biblical scholarship into hyper-specialized critical studies of ancient texts in remote historical context. It is no wonder, therefore, that the Brazos Theological Commentary is being so warmly welcomed. The outstanding array of authors, beginning with Jaroslav Pelikan's splendid commentary on the Acts of the Apostles, are, at long last, reclaiming the Bible as the book of the living community of faith that is the church."
-Richard John Neuhaus
Author of American Babylon: Notes of a Christian Exile
"Contemporary application of the Bible to life is the preacher's business. But no worthy contemporary application is possible without a thorough understanding of the ancient text. The Brazos Theological Commentary exists to provide an accessible authority so that the preacher's application will be a ready bandage for all the hurts of life. We who serve the pulpit want a commentary we can understand, and those who hear us expect us to give them a usable word. The Brazos Commentary offers just the right level of light to make illuminating the word the joy it was meant to be."
Author of A Hunger for the Holy and Loving God Up Close