by Joseph L. Mangina


288pp. $29.99c

Publication Date: April 2010

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Joseph L. Mangina (PhD, Yale University) is associate professor of systematic theology at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto. He is the editor of Pro Ecclesia, serves on the Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue commission for Canada, and is the author of two books on the thought of Karl Barth.


“Another lucidly written, theologically profound volume in what is emerging as a great commentary series. Mangina shows that Revelation is not an otherworldly book; it is a prophetic challenge and source of wisdom addressed to the church in this and every age. His learned study draws on centuries of theological thought (and also artistic interpretations), yet it is filled with fresh and often surprising insights. Mangina’s work is useful—even inspiring—for contemporary theology and ministry.”—Ellen F. Davis, A. R. Kearns Professor of Bible and Practical Theology, Duke University Divinity School

“Mangina leads his readers Beatrice-like through the strange topography of the Apocalypse, helping us to rediscover it as a place where heaven traffics with earth, and imaginations conspire to tell the truth of the God of the gospel. Such deft theological reading should embolden preachers in our day to proclaim John’s unsettling vision for what it is—a vivid witness to Jesus Christ fit to console, admonish, and summon the church amidst God’s remaking of the world.”—Philip Ziegler, senior lecturer in systematic theology, University of Aberdeen

“Neither a book of resentment nor a symbolic work that needs decoding, Revelation is presented here as an ‘apocalyptic haggadah.’ Mangina’s splendid commentary offers a rich theological interpretation drawing on liturgy, hymnody, creeds, and artistic depictions that invite us not only into the book of Revelation but also into the life of its true author, the Holy Trinity.”—D. Stephen Long, professor of systematic theology, Marquette University

“Joseph Mangina has sat patiently with every twist and turn in the Apocalypse. Drawing on conversation partners as diverse as Tolkien, Dylan, and Bonhoeffer, Mangina has produced a fine, rich commentary, one that not only instructs us about the Apocalypse but also urges us to listen to this vision as never before.”—Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Helen H. P. Manson Professor of New Testament Literature and Exegesis, Princeton Theological Seminary

“This well-written, literate, and illuminating commentary on a classically obscure text is at once theologically astute and ecclesiastically upbuilding—a rare combination indeed. I gladly commend it to scholars and teachers, preachers and laypeople alike.”—Travis Kroeker, professor of religion, McMaster University

“In this richly rewarding commentary, Mangina keeps his eye trained on the most important question we can ask about Revelation: how is this weirdest, most beguiling biblical book about the Triune God?”—Lauren F. Winner, assistant professor of Christian spirituality, Duke Divinity School

“We have many splendid commentaries already on Revelation—do we need another one? Mangina’s fine work elicits an emphatic ‘yes!’ His wide-ranging literary imagination and deep grounding in the apocalyptic worldview of New Testament theology has resulted in an astonishingly fresh presentation. This superb commentary will stimulate the best thinking of preachers and pastors, especially those who take a lively interest in the intersection of biblical theology and geopolitics. Highly recommended.”—Fleming Rutledge, author of The Bible and the New York Times and The Undoing of Death


“A good supplemental text. In keeping with its series, this commentary focuses on theological exposition with an eye for how the church has understood this book through the ages. For Revelation this historical awareness is especially helpful.”—Ray Van Neste, Preaching

“The unique feature of the Brazos series is to have theologians provide exposition of specific biblical books. In this it follows a longstanding church tradition in which theology was drawn from Scripture and was not alien to or estranged from it. Mangina . . . provides a thoughtful and competent analysis of th[e] complex New Testament book [of Revelation]. He certainly engages biblical scholarship, but his focus is appropriately on the fundamental theological perspective of Revelation, which he sees as a radically christological focus. . . . His focus on the radical theological nature of this NT book is welcome.”—Donald Senior, CP, The Bible Today

“A clear and balanced treatment of the Johannine material, written in a style that is readable and at times hortatory. . . . Mangina’s work contributes positively to the study of Revelation. He highlights the teaching of John with freshness, and he does so succinctly and yet comprehensively. His book should assist any student of this exciting document to shed further light on its perpetually engaging content.”—Stephen S. Smalley, Expository Times

“Few commentaries are likely to be read from cover to cover, but Mangina’s stimulating volume on Revelation is surely one. Drawing on a rich variety of sources, including the best of biblical scholarship, insights from early and modern theologians, [and] the works of poets and painters, the author not only teaches about Revelation but draws the reader into its apocalyptic world from beginning to end. . . . Few commentaries bear out the message of Revelation in a more lucid way than this one. It is filled with fresh insights and can be warmly recommended to pastors and students, laypeople and scholars alike.”—Daniel Johansson, Theological Book Review

“The reader will find some rich treatments of both Christology and theology (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) throughout the exposition, and will add to one’s appreciation of the depth of John’s incursion into the Holy.”—Walter M. Dunnett, Anglican Theological Review

“Mangina integrates ideas from biblical scholars with his formidable erudition as a theologian. . . . He offers fresh and compelling readings. . . . This commentary will prove extraordinarily helpful for public interpreters. . . . Mangina daringly connects critical interpretation and faith at levels many biblical scholars hesitate to explore. . . . A creative, passionate, and insightful commentary.”—Greg Carey, Catholic Biblical Quarterly