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The Revelation to John: A Commentary on the Greek Text of the Apocalypse
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The Revelation to John: A Commentary on the Greek Text of the Apocalypse


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Dr. Stephen Smalley provides a fresh and stimulating contribution to the scholarly study of an exciting but often perplexing work in this detailed yet accessible commentary on the Greek text of Revelation. Smalley shows how Revelation speaks directly to all situations in every age, offering a testimony to God’s love, made available through his justice, which is relevant for our own society.

A Revelation to John interprets the dense and colorful imagery of Revelation with careful balance. Smalley is sensitive to the literary shape of Revelation, and sees the book as a creative and coherent drama. He takes seriously the volatile nature of the Johannine community from which, it is argued, the Apocalypse, Gospel, and Letters of John arose.

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Key Features

  • Presents a fresh and stimulating entry in the study of Revelation
  • Demonstrates how Revelation reveals truths applicable to today’s society
  • Takes a balanced, sensitive approach to the imagery and form of Revelation as a coherent narrative


  • Prologue: The Oracle is Disclosed (Revelation 1:1–8)
  • Scene 1: Seven Oracles (Revelation 1:9–3:22)
  • Interval: Adoration in Heaven’s Court: God and His Christ (Revelation 4:1–5:14)
  • Scene 2: Seven Seals (Revelation 6:1–17)
  • Interval: The Church Protected (Revelation 7:1–17)
  • Scene 3: Seven Trumpets (Revelation 8:1–9:21)
  • Interval: God’s Sovereignty (Revelation 10:1–11:19)
  • Scene 4: Seven Signs (Revelation 12:1–14:20
  • Interval: A New Exodus (Revelation 15:1–8)
  • Scene 5: Seven Bowls (Revelation 16:1–21)
  • Interval: The Fall of Babylon (Revelation 17:1–18:24)
  • Scene 6: Seven Visions (Revelation 19:1–20:15
  • Interval: Prelude to the Final Scene (Revelation 21:1
  • Scene 7: Seven Prophecies (Revelation 21:2–22:17
  • Epilogue: The Oracle is Complete (Revelation 22:18–21)

Praise for the Print Edition

A warm welcome awaits this noteworthy achievement that combines learning with relevance.

Ralph P. Martin, scholar-in-residence, Haggard of Theology, Azusa Pacific University

Smalley offers a richly detailed, traditional commentary on the Johannine Apocalypse.

David A. deSilva, trustees’ distinguished professor of New Testament and Greek, Ashland Theological Seminary

Stephen Smalley, having spent much of his academic career working on Johannine literature, now provides us with a full-dress theological and narrative commentary on Revelation especially attuned to its dramatic quality. Full of interesting analysis and keen and seasoned insight, this sane and creative approach to the most difficult book of the New Testament is something for which we may indeed be thankful.

Ben Witherington III, professor of New Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary

Product Details

  • Title: The Revelation to John: A Commentary on the Greek Text of the Apocalypse
  • Author: Stephen S. Smalley
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 600

About Stephen S. Smalley

Stephen S. Smalley is a New Testament scholar and author. He was formerly chaplain and dean of Peterhouse, Cambridge and vice-provost of Coventry Cathedral. He is dean emeritus of Chester Cathedral. Smalley has also taught at the universities of Ibadan and Manchester.

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