Charts on the Book of Revelation: Literary, Historical, and Theological Perspectives

chartsDon’t be put off by this book’s title. It’s not what you think.

Mark Wilson. Charts on the Book of Revelation: Literary, Historical, and Theological Perspectives. Kregel Charts of the Bible and Theology. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2007.

Check out this 32-page PDF sample, which includes the table of contents and many of the charts. But don’t skip over the first two pages of the PDF: the endorsements. The Revelation scholars who endorse the book include

  1. David Aune (who wrote the 3volume commentary on Revelation in the WBC series)
  2. Ben Witherington (who wrote the commentary on Revelation in the NCBC series as well as a popular book on Revelation)
  3. Adela Yarbro Collins (who wrote several works on apocalyptic literature)
  4. Grant Osborne (who wrote the commentary on Revelation in the BECNT series—which I’ve found to be the single most helpful commentary on Revelation)
  5. Richard Bauckham (who wrote the notes on Revelation in the The Oxford Bible Commentary and wrote an insightful theology of Revelation)

Good charts are invaluable. And this book collects some good charts.

One minor con is the graphical layout: the charts’ format could be sharper. They look like someone formatted them in a Word doc. And sometimes it’d be nice if charts fit entirely on one page instead of bleeding over to just the very top of the next page (e.g., chart 64: “Interpretations of the 1,000 Years from Revelation 20:1–6,” pp. 100–101).


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