This new commentary approaches Revelation from a Pentecostal perspective, but you may be surprised at what this does and doesn’t mean in this case. This is a serious commentary based on the Greek text and includes discussion of all the standard topics (authorship, date, audience, etc.). It gives interpretive priority to the original context and audience while also discussing application today. Newton eschews all populist interpretations of Revelation and questions many assumptions built on futurist or historicist readings, but includes a survey of recent scholarly Pentecostal work on Revelation and an extended discussion of what an authentic Pentecostal reading of Revelation might look like. The commentary highlights features of Revelation that Pentecostals often look for, such as its pneumatology, but also draws attention to features that Pentecostal readers should take more seriously than they often do, such as its missional focus, the narrative flow, intertextual references, and the focus on atonement. This makes it a more optimistic commentary than many available. The commentary interacts in depth with five leading commentaries over the past twenty-five years as well as over two hundred other books and articles, including the oldest existing commentary on Revelation.
Newton’s volume is a welcomed contribution to the growing body of Pentecostal academic studies on Revelation. Written from the lens of modern Pentecostalism and its emphasis on the fourfold or fivefold gospel and with the conviction that the Pentecost event of Acts 2 stands as the major idea behind Revelation, Newton offers a carefully articulated yet accessible narrative reading of Revelation for Pentecostals and non-Pentecostals alike.
—Melissa Archer, School of Divinity, Southeastern University
While not all readers will agree with every interpretive move that is made in this commentary, I dare say all readers will find a wealth of knowledge, a depth of reflection, and tremendous spiritual insight in its pages. The words of the Apocalypse are perhaps even more timely at the time this commentary appears than before. May God bless it to do its work and may God bless Jon Newton for his contribution to us all.
—John Christopher Thomas, Pentecostal Theological Seminary and Bangor University
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