A Commentary on the Revelation of St John
George Caird's commentary in this series was a masterpiece of clarity and accessibility. But it many respects it is now very dated. Scholarship is no longer so closely bound to theories of Roman persecution under Domitian as the historical setting for the Apocalypse. Much work has been done on the nature of apocalyptic which has shifted the emphasis away from eschatology to the revelation of heavenly mysteries. A number of the ideas which influenced Caird have been refuted or criticised. This book contains a far more substantial introduction, a greater exploration of revelation as a visionary text and pays much more attention to the overall structure of the work. Following the example of Morna Hooker in Mark, Dr Boxall includes excurses tackling subjects such as numerology, the number of the beast, the Millennium.
Here is a commentary which is fully up to date and which brings fresh understanding to a most controversial book on the Bible.