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A Commentary on the Revelation of John
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A Commentary on the Revelation of John


Eerdmans 1972

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Revelation is at once the most difficult and most intriguing book of the New Testament. The complexity of the scholarly questions concerning its interpretation is matched only by the fascination Revelation evokes in modern-day Christians and by their ongoing interest in what this mysterious book actually proclaims regarding the future of the church and of humankind.

In this widely praised exposition of Revelation, George Eldon Ladd treats the Apocalypse as a true prophecy—one that reflects the situation of the church when the book was written as well as the situation the church will face at the time of the consummation of God’s redemptive plan.

Beginning with a brief introduction, Ladd discusses the subject of authorship, the date and historical setting of Revelation, and the various methods of interpretation (preterist, historical, idealist, and futurist) that have been applied to the book throughout history. The introduction is followed by an analytical outline of Revelation’s structure and Ladd’s verse-by-verse commentary. The entire work is marked by Ladd’s sensitivity to the needs of both general readers and scholars and by his concern for proclaiming the message of Revelation for our time.

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Key Features

  • Explores the subject of authorship, the date and historical setting of Revelation
  • Presents an analytical outline and verse–by–verse commentary
  • Discusses the various methods of interpretation

Praise for the Print Edition

Ladd has an amazing ability to explain simply and clearly something that is complex and opaque. He writes on the mysterious and complex Apocalypse lucidly, thoroughly, and very readably. . . . A very valuable interpretative aid to laypersons, pastors, and scholars alike.

Christianity Today

This study merits several adjectives: careful, thorough, candid, lucid, discriminating. . . . A genuine achievement.


Readers will find new insights into this difficult book and will profit by a careful reading of this commentary.

Bibliotheca Sacra

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About George Eldon Ladd

George Eldon Ladd (1911–1982) was a Baptist minister and New Testament scholar. Born in Alberta, Canada, Ladd was educated at Gordon Divinity School (now Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) and Harvard, where he received his PhD in classics under preeminent New Testament scholar Henry J. Cadbury. Ordained in the Northern Baptist Convention in 1933, Ladd pastored three churches in New England for nine years. From there he went on to teach New Testament at Gordon and at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he taught New Testament for 30 years. The author of 14 books and a number of important articles, Ladd is mainly known for his works on eschatology. His publications include The Last Things: An Eschatology for Laymen and A Theology of the New Testament.

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