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The Revelation of Saint John

by Ian Boxall
Black's New Testament Commentary

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Retail: $29.95
Size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Binding: cloth
Pages: 350
Pub Date: June 2006
ISBN: 1565632028
ISBN-13: 9781565632028
Item Number: 632028
Categories: Commentaries; Biblical Studies and Interpretation

Product Description

Replacing George B. Caird’s earlier volume, fellow Oxford scholar Ian Boxall’s new edition in this popular series offers a clear and lucid study of St. John’s apocalypse. Arising out of a critical awareness of the historical and theological issues surrounding the interpretation of Revelation, Boxall’s exposition opens with an enlightening introduction to the first-century context of this difficult book.

Introducing the background to the Apocalypse, Boxall leads the reader on a pericope-by-pericope exposition of the book. As with other volumes in the series, remarks are based on the author’s own translation. Key terms and phrases from the translation are highlighted where they are discussed, while explanations of special Greek or foreign terms are provided.

References to important primary and secondary literature are included for further research, and a Scripture index saves pastors and student valuable time.


“In his eighteen-page introduction to the book of Revelation, Boxall, senior tutor and tutorial fellow in NT and Greek at St. Stephen's House, Oxford University, and a member of the university's theology faculty, as well as author of Revelation: Vision and Insight (2002), treats the character of the book, its visionary material, author and date, the Patmos context, the setting of the primary addressees, the theater of reception, and structure. Then he presents his exposition according to the following outline: prologue (Rev 1:1-8), inaugural vision and seven messages (1:9-3:22), throne-vision and seven seals (4:1-8:1), seven trum-pets (8:2–11:18), seven visions (11:19-15:4), seven bowls (15:5-19:10), seven final visions (19:11-22:11), and epilogue (22:12-21 ).”
New Testament Abstracts

“A new addition to this well-respected commentary series, this study of Revelation is excellent. A professor of New Testament at Oxford University, Boxall provides an exceptionally clear and lucid analysis of this challenging New Testament book. His introduction considers the literary and theological nature of the work and also wrestles with the question of whether or not the author "John" should be identified with John the son of Zebedee—a traditional identification that Boxall does not rule out. The commentary itself is informed and theologically mature. This would be a fine way to acquire a balanced and up-to-date treatment of Revelation.”
The Bible Today

“Written as a replacement for the 1966 Black’s commentary by G. B. Caird, no mean task, this compact volume aims to take account of subsequent developments—and much has happened since 1966. . . . Boxall mentions four such developments: a willingness to consider actual visionary experiences behind such accounts; attention to literary and structural aspects of the Apocalypse; the importance of the reception history of the work; and the importance of the author’s location on Patmos (xiv). The commentary is based on the author’s own translation, written for a popular audience and, like its predecessor, can be called a believer’s commentary.

“. . . One of the strengths of the commentary is its attention to reception history; it is not enough to see what the Apocalypse meant to its first readers; we must also account for the meanings it has had to subsequent readers. On nearly every page Boxall rehearses the various views of the pericope under discussion—from Victorinus to Aune. Occasionally more attention is given to showing the importance of this exercise, for example, in understanding the treatment of women in the story (249–51).

“. . . There are three indices: scriptural references (but not including other ancient sources), modern authors, and subjects (a bit thin on topics). There are no entries for Liturgy or Eucharist, for example, although both are important concepts in the commentary. Boxall is well aware of the problems with violence and ethics and discusses them, but neither has an index entry.

“This is a very useful short commentary. . . . It has a good, up-to-date bibliography, engages a range of interpretations, and guides the reader through the maze of alternative views with caution and common sense. It is a worthy successor.”
Review of Biblical Literature

“It takes significant courage to contribute a commentary on Revelation as a successor the G. B. Caird’s classicCommentary on the Revelation of St. John the Divine (1966) for Caird’s volume for years was the standard for both readability and scholarship. Nevertheless, after four decades Caird’s has become dated, and a supplement is needed. Boxall, who, like Caird, hails from Oxford University, has taken up the challenge admirably. . . Overall, Boxall provides a good introductory commentary upon the Apocalypse of John. His work represents some of the best elements of the tradition of Caird in that Boxall notes the relevance of the apocalypse for its original readers. Likewise, Boxall brings the discussion of Revelation up to date with reference to contemporary scholarship. ”
Ashland Theological Journal

“Boxall has produced a scholarly, well-written, highly readable commentary on the book of Revelation. It is ideal for pastors on a budget looking for a commentary that does not advocate an idiosyncratic interpretation but carefully considers a plurality of viewpoints. It will prove equally valuable in introductory-level seminary courses and for students just getting their feet wet in the study of Revelation.”
Journal of the Evangelical Society

“Boxall writes with clarity and precision, and his work manages to educate and inform without burdening the reader with unnecessary information. It is a helpful addition to the field.”
Restoration Quarterly

Author Bio

Ian Boxall is Senior Tutor in New Testament and Greek at St. Stephen’s House, Oxford University. He is the author of Revelation: Vision and Insight.

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