Readable and succinct. These are words that are not usually spoken of in regard to commentaries on Revelation. Yet this new commentary by Ian Paul is just that extremely readable and very succinct. It is not that this commentary is short in any way (370 pages) but it proves his conclusions.
This commentary is part of a sweeping revision of the Tyndale New Testament Commentary which saw the stalwart Leon Morris commentary retired to have Paul’s commentary take it’s place. Although while this work is new it still follows the typical sections of context, comment and theology.
With regard to introductory matters Paul takes are more traditional approach to the the dating of the work followed which aids in a more conservative approach to his conclusions. Sadly some of the other conclusions he has drawn are less traditional. For instance with regard to his interruption of Revelation 20, Paul rejects the traditional amillennial view of the millennial in favor of connecting Revelation 20 to Revelation 12 holding more of a partial-preterist view rather than other traditional views.
In the end this is worth while read of a commentary with good exegesis, abet some odd conclusions, while adding to the discussion of Revelation scholarship. This commentary is a good choice for pastors and Bible study leaders as an introduction to the study of the book of Revelation.
This book was provided to me free of charge from IVP Academic in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.