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Thorough as a student of Greek, R. C. H. Lenski interprets St. John’s Revelation with meticulous exegetical research while providing an original, literal translation of the text. With his conservative Lutheran perspective, he is unwavering in his high view of Scriptural authority, probing deeply and passionately—arguing his conclusions masterfully. Beyond exegesis, he provides linguistic and textual analysis, historical background such as information on the author, date, time of writings, authorial intent, chief themes, and much more. Often addressing difficult text, evading nothing, Lenski evaluates multiple interpretations before choosing one in particular. The Lenski Commentary, therefore, will introduce you to a range of interpretations and viewpoints, allowing you to see how other interpretations relate to one another, and will provide the context as to why he has settled on a particular viewpoint.

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A great work of exegesis, every page the result of long meditation, based on rich scholarship, warm with holy reverence for the Word of God.

Moody Monthly

Lenski is one of the most helpful commentators on the New Testament you'll find — especially for his knowledge of the original Greek text. No serious exegete should neglect his insights.

The Discerning Reader

The treatment is exhaustive; it seems that nothing has been overlooked or omitted.

The Lutheran

My favorite New Testament commentary is that of R.C.H. Lenski. I smile whenever this scholar stabbed the “chiliasts” or those who reject infant baptism; yet I profit greatly from his sane and spiritually sensitive exposition. You do not have to be a Greek scholar to benefit from Lenski.

—Warren W. Wiersbe, A Basic Library for Bible Students

A conservative, very extensive and generally helpful exposition based upon an exegesis of the Greek text. Armenian in doctrine, maintains a rigid approach to Greek grammar, and follows an amillennial interpretation of eschatology. Exceedingly helpful background material and abounds in good preaching values.

—Cyril Barber, The Minister's Library

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  • Title: The Interpretation of St. John’s Revelation
  • Author: R. C. H. Lenski
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Publication Date: 1963
  • Pages: 675

About R. C. H. Lenski

R. C. H. Lenski a distinguished Lutheran scholar and commentator, studied for the ministry at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. Upon earning his Doctor of Divinity, he became Dean of the seminary. He was a former professor at Capital Seminary (now Trinity Lutheran Seminary) in Columbus, Ohio, where he taught in the fields of exegesis, dogmatics, and homiletics. His numerous books and commentaries are written from a conservative perspective.

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“There is an illusion and a false claim. This church judges itself and not only acquits itself, like the Pharisees in Luke 16:15 (which see), but also boasts pridefully. The opposite of this boast is true. ‘Rich am I and I have become or grown rich!’ The simple fact is repeated by pointing to the process: all along ‘have I grown rich,’ getting more and more, and thus I am today (this is the force of the perfect tense).” (Pages 155–156)

“The love here mentioned is not only love to the brethren, for this love and the love to Christ are never separate, the former is the evidence for the latter (1 John 4:20).” (Page 86)

“The works themselves were empty. The people went to church and did many other things, but the faith, the love, and the spiritual life that should have filled all their works had been growing less and less.” (Page 129)

“How can a church that has so much to its credit be guilty of what is here charged? One answer is that, while this church was active in works, it was not bound completely to the Word. It had many works; it is not praised for its faithfulness to the Word: In regard to this fault Thyatira has had many sisters. She is like Pergamum in this respect but exceeds the latter; for Thyatira has permitted a vicious prophetess in her midst, while in Pergamum the Balaam-like Nicolaitan doctrine that came from without had affected a few members.” (Pages 114–115)

“All these members were not wealthy. While monetary wealth often leads to pride, self-sufficiency, etc., an utterly false estimate of one’s spiritual condition is brought about also by other causes. In the church today thousands are satisfied with their empty moralism, their arid rationalism, their pleasurable worldliness. This they have accumulated until they think, ‘I have need of nothing.’ They pity other churches. They have vastly improved the Christianity of their fathers. They have gone to the very top.” (Page 156)

  • Title: The Interpretation of St. John’s Revelation
  • Author: Richard C. H. Lenski
  • Series: Lenski’s Commentary on the New Testament
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Print Publication Date: 1963
  • Logos Release Date: 2008
  • Era: era:modern
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. N.T. Revelation › Commentaries
  • Resource ID: LLS:LENSKI12
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-02-12T08:34:31Z

R. C. H. Lenski (1864–1936) was a distinguished Lutheran scholar and commentator. He studied at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, and upon earning his Doctor of Divinity became dean of the seminary. He also served as a professor at Capital Seminary (now Trinity Lutheran Seminary) in Columbus, Ohio, where he taught exegesis, dogmatics, and homiletics. His numerous books and commentaries are written from a conservative Lutheran perspective. Lenski authored Lenski’s Commentary on the New Testament, a 12-volume series of commentaries that provides a literal translation of the New Testament.

Among Lenski’s many works are The Interpretation of St. Mark’s Gospel, The Interpretation of St. John’s Revelation, and The Interpretation of St. Luke’s Gospel.


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