Too often Revelation is viewed as a book only about the future. As G. K. Beale shows, however, Revelation is not merely a futurology but a book about how the church should live for the glory of God throughout the ages - including our own.
Approaching Revelation in terms of its own historical background and literary character, Beale argues convincingly that John's use of Old Testament allusions - and the way the Jewish exegetical tradition interpreted these same allusions - provides the key for unlocking the meaning of Revelation's many obscure metaphors.
"This long-awaited commentary is a magnificent achievement and will be an invaluable guide and resource for all future study of Revelation. Beale's particular emphasis on interpreting the text by reference to the Old Testament Scriptures and Jewish exegetical traditions is one that the text itself invites, while the orientation to theological reflection is also very welcome in a commentary on this profoundly theological text." - Richard Bauckham, University of St. Andrews