Starting a Class on Revelation – Any Suggestions

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So I have finally bit the bullet and just started a class on Revelation last week. Since this is my first time teaching this book I thought maybe a few of you who have might have some words of wisdom or perspective to offer. Here are my reference books:

Am I missing anything you think critical to understanding the book? And don’t toss the Left Behind Series at me 🙂

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  1. There’s this really neat book on the Seven Churches called Letters From The Lamb

    OK, enough shameless plugs. If you don’t want to get my book, I’d recommend looking at Sir William Ramsey’s stuff on the Seven Churches. It’s in public domain; just Google it.

    Grace and peace,
    Tim Archer

    1. I heard the author of that book is some sort of “change agent” 😉 Thanks for reminding me you published that last year. Where is the best place to get a copy that benefits you the most?

  2. Matt,

    Has Dr. Oster’s long awaited commentary on Revelation been published yet? The last time I spoke with him, he had secured a publisher (I can’t remember which one) but had a few minor things to do before publication.

    Grace and peace,


  3. I think that Jim McGuiggan has some good things to say about it in his little book on Revelation. Richard Bauckham is suppose to be good too.

  4. Don’t have much for you. “The Meaning and Message of Revelation” (Edward McDowell, 1951, Nashville, ISBN 0-8054-1315-4 4213-15) that I studied in college obscured as much as it revealed. But it has its moments, especially when sharing culture of the time or different tenses of language used.

    Here’s some scattered thoughts I had finishing a blog study of the parousia with the Revelation to John: Second Coming, Part XII. I apologize for its fragmented nature. The day I wrote it was, as Radar of M*A*S*H once said, “One day. One very bad day.”

  5. Reading Witherington. Will also be reading the New International Commentary on Revelation. Interested to see what you do.

    Preaching on in next month.

  6. Okay, so this may be the weirdest suggestion, but I think anybody reading and teaching Revelation could really benefit by spending an hour or so in a local comic book store. Not for exegetical insight, but because of style and storytelling. Revelation really reads like the comic book of the NT, full of vivid image frames, heroics and villainry, and grand themes. Take it for what it’s worth, but if you read the book as a whole in a single setting, I think a comic book is really the best parrallel in contemporary literature.

  7. I’ve used some illustrations that can be purchased at, and they were really helpful. Now, the artist does include some pictures of the rapture, etc., but the stuff taken directly from the text of Revelation is great. It does highlight the vivid imagery in ways I hadn’t thought of earlier. I used in powerpoint, and it helped us review the storyline in the first few minutes of each class.
    Also, Stafford North has some good materials, specifically an introductory discussion of the different approaches that is very Bible-class friendly.

  8. I have found David L. Roper’s Truth for Today commentary on Revelation very helpful. Also, as A Lamb Slain by Floyd Irvin Stanley has some good stuff in it.

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