Commentary Review:

David Aune's
The Book of Revelation

Offered by MA: Revelation 1-5 (Word Biblical Commentary - Vol. 52a)
      This volume of the Word Bible Commentary series by Aune, deals with the first five chapters of the Book of Revelation {chapters 6-22 follow in volumes 52B and C}. Serving as a good foundation for the study of the Book of Revelation, the author’s introduction covers a wide range of topics which will interest the reader: topics include, authorship, dates of writing, genre, literary structure, source criticism, text, syntax and vocabulary.
      Aune comments on every verse of these opening five chapters, giving special attention to significant words. Clearly, reading Aune, gives one the understanding, that the Book of Revelation was influenced by early Jewish apocalyptic literature, especially the Book of Daniel. Aune provokes a balanced interest in the study of the Book of Revelation, which has been considered by many a closed book.
      David Aune is a Professor of Theology with specialities in New Testament and Christian Origins at Loyola University, Chicago.

Offered by CB: Revelation 6-16 (Vol. 52b)
The work of David Aune’s Revelation commentary continues with chapters 6-16. True to the Word Biblical Commentary series, no translated, non-English works have been cited. The author has rendered his own translation of the Biblical text upon which to base his comments and exegesis. The series is designed to offer a broad range academic levels.
This volume begins with Chapter 6. The headings are as follows: Chapter 6: The Lamb Breaks the First Six Seals; Chapter 7: The Protective Sealing of the 144,000; Chapters 8:1-11:14: The Seventh Seal and the First Six Trumpets; Chapters 11:15 – 16:21: The Seventh Trumpet and the Seven Bowls.

Offered by BC: Revelation 17-33 (Vol. 52c)
The author wrote this commentary while studying as the Fullbright guest professor at the University of Trondheim, Germany.

Physical description: 1241 pages in the hard back edition.

Self-stated purpose of the Word Biblical Commentary: The WBC is committed to using a variety of denominational and theological approaches. They are primarily drawn from universities, colleges and seminaries. Written by use of the languages and the critical tools, the commentaries use a style that is approachable by the new student as well as the academic.

Format: The commentaries are broken into a standardized format. The sections include a description of the sources fo textual criticism, a list of modern scholarship and a description of the texts meaning and relevance and how that shapes our continuing interaction.

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