Basic Orientation to the Letter
Who wrote the letter?
The author identifies himself in the opening verses as “John” and although some have argued this is a pseudonym most think it is either the apostle John, the “beloved disciple” associated with the gospel and epistles of John, or another John within the early church.
When was it written?
There are two main options for when the book was written – either in the mid to late 60s AD (under Nero) or about 95AD (under Domitian) – with most experts favouring the later date.
Introducing the Book of Revelation – Resources
Dr Ian Paul introduces the book of Revelation in this 25 minute video which is part of the St John’s Nottingham Timeline project
Here Ian Paul explains apocalyptic language and metaphor
He has written two Grove booklets – How To Read the Book of Revelation and The Ethics of the Book of Revelation – and the links to these also provide links to various resources on the book including an eight week course on the book.
Ian Paul’s blog, Psephizo, also includes a number of articles relating to the book.
Richard Bauckham is a leading expert on the book and he explains his interest in the book in this interview with Ben Witherington
Ben Witherington offers thoughts on a number of issues in Revelation:
Revelation and Apocalypticism
The Beast of Revelation 13
G.K. Beale has written one of the best (and largest!) commentaries on Revelation and speaks about a number of issues in the videos below
The Old Testament as a Key to Understanding the Book of Revelation
The Temple, the Two Witnesses and the Lampstands in Revelation 11
On interpreting the book symbolically not literally
There are also two series of videos in which he discusses The Two Witnesses (Rev 11) and The Third Temple: The Temple and the Church’s Mission (Rev 21)
Tom Wright lectures on “Revelation and Christian Hope: Political Implications of the Revelation to John”
Joseph L. Mangina author of a recent commentary (Brazos Press) has helpful short pieces on
Mark Allan Powell has resources based on his Introducing the New Testament (Baker 2009)
His page on Revelation has various resources for students and teachers including the following PDFs:
Bibledex video on Revelation from University of Nottingham
Introduction, full outline and comments on opening chapter in G.K. Beale’s 2015 shorter commentary from Eerdmans.
Introduction from James L. Resseguie‘s 2009 narrative commentary with Baker
Introduction, full outline and comments on opening verses in J. Scott Duvall‘s 2014 commentary from Baker
Introduction, full outline and comments on opening verses in Peter S. Williamson‘s 2015 commentary from Baker
This website has a number of helpful introductory resources including
Dr Robert Stein‘s New Testament Survey series on
Dr Craig Blomberg‘s Introduction the New Testament: Romans to Revelation series on
Revelation (Part 1a) (32 mins)
Revelation (Part 1b) (32 mins)
Revelation (Part 1c) (29 mins)
Revelation (Part 2) (55 mins)
Dr Thomas Schreiner‘s New Testament Survey: Acts to Revelation
Revelation (Part 1) (44 mins)
Revelation (Part 2) (11 mins – recording incomplete)
Revelation (Part 3) (43 mins)
Revelation (Part 4) (30 mins)
Dr Bill Mounce‘s New Testament, Its Structure, Content and Theology
This has resources on Revelation by Craig Koester including
On the right hand side of the page are various further resources including short commentaries on key texts and 5 short videos of Koester on the book as the close of the canon, its imagery, context, authorship and ways of reading it.
This has resources relating to