One of the great things about the Daily Office Lectionary is that it takes you through the majority of the Bible every year. If you’d like to learn a bit more about the books of the Bible as you work your way through, we’re compiling these “Best Bible Study Resources” posts for every book of the Bible.
(If you know of an excellent resource that we left out, please let us know in the comments below!)
The Bible Project
If you haven’t checked out the Bible Project already, you need to do so! They’ve got perhaps the best collection of free Bible study resources online. In addition to videos on biblical books, themes, and word studies, they’ve got a series on How to Read the Bible that’s a great place to start.
Here are the Bible Project’s resources on Revelation.
Their first video covers Revelation 1–11.
Their second video covers Revelation 12–22.
The following commentary rankings are drawn from bestcommentaries.com—an excellent free online resource to help guide your Bible study!
- Beale, Gregory K. The Book of Revelation. NIGTC. 1998.
- Mounce, Robert H. The Book of Revelation. NICNT. 1997.
- Osborne, Grant R. Revelation. BECNT. 2002.
- Keener, Craig S. Revelation. NIVAC. 2000.
Other Helpful Commentary Guides
If you’re looking for more guidance on selecting commentaries and Bible study tools in general, check out:
- Tremper Longman III, Old Testament Commentary Survey
- D.A. Carson, New Testament Commentary Survey
- John Glynn, Commentary and Reference Survey: A Comprehensive Guide to Biblical and Theological Resources
- Nijay Gupta, The New Testament Commentary Guide
- John F. Evans, A Guide to Biblical Commentaries and Reference Works
In How to Read the Bible Book by Book: A Guided Tour, Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart provide the following “Orienting Data for The Revelation” (p. 426):
- Content: a Christian prophecy cast in apocalyptic style and imagery and finally put in letter form, dealing primarily with tribulation (suffering) and salvation for God’s people and God’s wrath (judgment) on the Roman Empire
- Author: a man named John (1:1, 4, 9), well known to the recipients, traditionally identified as the apostle, the son of Zebedee (Matt 10:2)
- Date: ca. A.D. 95 (according to Irenaeus, ca. 180)
- Recipients: churches in the Roman province of Asia, who show a mix of fidelity and internal weaknesses
- Occasion: the early Christians’ refusal to participate in the cult of the emperor (who was acclaimed “lord” and “savior”) was putting them on a collision course with the state; John saw prophetically that it would get worse before it got better and that the churches were poorly prepared for what was about to take place, so he writes both to warn and encourage them and to announce God’s judgments against Rome
- Emphases: despite appearances to the contrary, God is in absolute control of history; although God’s people are destined for suffering in the present, God’s sure salvation belongs to them; God’s judgment will come on those responsible for the church’s suffering; in the end (Rev 21–22) God will restore what was lost or distorted at the beginning (Gen 1–3)
Check out the entire chapter on Revelation in Fee & Stuart for an overview, specific advice for reading, and a walk-through of the main content!
Finally, no matter what book of the Bible you’re reading, two helpful websites for studying the Bible are Bible.org and NetBible.org. The latter is especially useful for free access to basic Hebrew and Greek resources.
Again if we missed any resources on Revelation that you think should appear, please let us know in the comments and we’ll update this post!