More than any other New Testament writing the Book of Revelation demands commentary. Its often-bewildering text is easily open to less than scholarly interpretation. Father Harrington brings his scholarship to the Book of Revelation and conveys its Christian message. He puts the work in its historical and social setting - a first-century CE province of the Roman Empire - and explores its social and religious background and its literary character. Through Father Harrington we hear clearly the challenge of John, the prophet, to the Churches of his time - and to ours - not to compromise the Gospel message.
Daniel J. Harrington, SJ, is a professor of New Testament at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has written numerous works, including What Are We Hoping For? New Testament Images, Why Do We Hope? Images in the Psalms, and Jesus Ben Sira of Jerusalem: A Biblical Guide to Living Wisely, all published by Liturgical Press. Harrington is editor of the Sacra Pagina series, for which he also authored The Gospel of Matthew and coauthored The Gospel of Mark.
Scholars, pastors, and theological students who have good background in Scripture and theology will benefit much from this book. It should however, be on the shelf of every university library and seminary.
- Catholic Library World
"After an introduction, Fr. Harrington provides a new translation of each section of the writing, followed by notes which deal with matters of text and content that require clarification. He then treats the passage as a whole, by discussing its literary character, its theological significance, and its relevance to our situation. A comprehensive bibliography is included to direct readers to important modern studies."
"One of the unique features of this volume is the printing of Harringtons continuous translation. . . . the introduction addresses a number of the most pertinent critical issues and the notes and interpretation sections offer steady guidance."
- The Expository Times
"Have you preached from the Revelation recently? Have you taught a study of the book? Harringtons seriously pastoral and scholarly book would be an excellent place to begin."
"Revelation by Fr. Wilfrid Harrington is an excellent volume in an outstanding series. The author combines scholarship with clarity of expression that makes even a difficult work like Revelation accessible to the interested reader. His new readable translation combined with his comments in the section on interpretation are very helpful, informative, and illuminating of some of the most difficult passages in Scripture. The new paperback edition will be welcomed by students, pastors, professors for their classes, and enthusiasts for Scripture studies throughout the English speaking world."
- Dr. Leonard Doohan, Professor Emeritus, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington
"This commentary provides a lucid translation, clear explanatory notes and interpretation of each passage, and also applies the lessons of the Apocalypse to our contemporary experience. Fr Harrington brings a clear understanding to this difficult book above all in his highlighting of two dominant motifs, the assurance of final victory and the ongoing challenge of living in a hostile world dominated by evil and by tyrannical pagan religion. These motifs underpin the various visions and symbolic representations. He writes: The decisive battle in Gods war against evil will not be at Armageddon; it was fought on the cross. Fr Harrington does not shrink from asking the hard questions posed by the Book of Revelation, as for example when he asks: Can we honestly claim that religion, even our Christian religion, has not been tyrannical, that it does not still, in some measure, dominate? This is a book highly to be recommended to student, preacher, professional theologian and biblical scholar alike."
- Rev. Dr. Michael Mullins, St. Patricks Pontifical University, Maynooth, Co Kildare, Ireland
"While the struggle between good and evil is a messy affair, Harringtons thesis that Revelation provides a positive perspective for Christians is convincing in detail and substance."
- The Canadian Catholic Review