Triumph of the Lamb: A Commentary on Revelation  -     By: Dennis E. Johnson
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The book of Revelation by its very name, is an unveiling, a vivid disclosure of invisible realities. And yet, confronted with bizarre imagery that is alien to our experience, we are often left asking, "What in the world does this book mean?" In this section-by-section commentary, Dennis E. Johnson deftly guides us through questions about how to interpret Revelation, what kind of literature it is, what it meant to its original audience, and how it equips us today for spiritual warfare. Describing Revelation as "a book of symbols in motion" and "a book permeated by worship," Johnson gives special attention to the Old Testament background of John's pictorial vocabulary and how vision-cycles structure the Apocalypse. He casts light on the historical, religious, and cultural contents of John's first hearers in Asic Minor, a church under attack. The central themes of Revelation emerge to fill out our vision of Christ's triumph over the enemy.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: P & R Publishing
Publication Date: 2001
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0875522009
ISBN-13: 9780875522005

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The book of Revelation is an unveiling, a vivid disclosure of invisible realities. Yet its bizarre imagery often leaves us puzzled. Dennis E. Johnson deftly guides us through questions about how to interpret Revelation, what it meant to its original audience, and how it equips us today. He explains that Revelation fortifies the church against the Enemy's wiles by disclosing the profound paradoxes of Christ’s victory and glory. The central themes of Revelation converge with Christ’s triumph over the Enemy.

Author Bio

Dennis E. Johnson (ThM, Westminster Theological Seminary; PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of practical theology at Westminster Seminary California. He is also an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America, author of Triumph of the Lamb, and contributor to numerous books and theological journals.

Editorial Reviews

The strength of this work is the way it takes some of the best material on the interpretation of apocalyptic generally, and Revelation in particular, and presents it in a palatable, readable form. Johnson knows how to write, and his text is infused with a rare sanity.
Johnson writes with masterful skill without losing the reader down exegetical rabbit trails. Triumph of the Lamb is essential reading on Revelation from a man with unique qualifications as a well-loved pastor, New Testament scholar, and now professor of practical theology. This book is itself a triumph.
Sophisticated but readable, methodically astute but eminently practical. This patient and sane book is an excellent guide for readers who find Revelation attractive but frightening, and for teachers who wish to share its treasures with their people.
Reading Dennis Johnson’s commentary one senses the steady, guiding hand of a master exegete, but also the benevolent touch of a caring pastor. Here is a scholar who is able to make the sometimes perplexing images of Revelation understandable and etch them memorably on the hearts of believers. The commentary is marked by faithful exposition, clear and engaging communication, and graciousness in treating the views of other interpreters. Johnson shows in a compelling way how the message of revelation is essential to the church here and now.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Amillennial Commentary on Revelation
    March 24, 2013
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In Triumph of the Lamb, Dennis Johnson, presents a view of Revelation from an Amillennial/Idealist view point. Johnson does a wonderful job expressing this way to read Revelation which may be foreign to anyone who only knows the Dispensational Premillennial way of reading Revelation. Much of American Christianity only knows of one end times view because of popular books like the Left Behind series. This view, however, is not new, and is supported by many godly men throughout the history of the Church.

    Since this view may be new to readers the first chapters are critical to read. The first two chapters, Introduction A Strategy for Seeing, and Structure: Framing the Pieces of the Puzzle lay out the overall structure of Revelation and how Johnson will interpret this book. Johnson uses the analogy of viewing an even through multiple camera angles as how we should view the events of Revelation. Johnson also stresses the fact that "Revelation gave first-century Christians insight into the purposes of God in their time. We can at least conclude, therefore, that interpretations of visions that lie completely beyond the original readers' frame of reference are suspect. If we begin our inquiry with the assumption that God intended first-century believers to get the message of Revelation, we read its visions against the backdrop of Old Testament imagery rather than forcing them into the template of twenty-first century technologies and politics." Views that push everything from Revelation 4 on into a future millennial reign robs the original readers of the hope that is found for them in the book.

    Since these first two chapters are critical in understanding the view point of the author this book would serve the reader well to be read through as a devotional or group study. Simply turning to a certain section to find out what the author says about a specific verse will not be as profitable as reading through and seeing how Johnson builds this view and interprets the book as a whole. I would highly recommend this book to anyone seeking to understand other viewpoints than the popular American Christianity views. It is highly readable for both pastors and lay-people. A truly wonderful and insightful read!!!!

    I received a free copy of this book from P&R Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 17, 2001
    Bruce Wallace
    This commentary helps sort out the imagery used by John as he wrote from Patmos. I believe that there is much to be gained by reading his exposition even if one doesn't agree with the millenial position espoused at the end. A good addition to your library !
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