The Joy of Hearing: A Theology of the Book of Revelation

By Thomas R. Schreiner, Series edited by Thomas R. Schreiner, Brian S. Rosner

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Join New Testament scholar Thomas Schreiner as he explores the meaning and purpose of the book of Revelation.

The book of Revelation can feel more intimidating to read than other books of the Bible. It invites readers into a world that seems confusing and sometimes even strange: golden lampstands, seven seals, a dragon, and a rider on a white horse. But at its core, Revelation is a message of hope written to Christians facing hardship, and it’s worth the effort to read it and understand it. 

In this first volume in the New Testament Theology series, trusted scholar Thomas Schreiner walks step-by-step through the book of Revelation, considering its many themes—the opposition believers face from the world; the need for perseverance; God as sovereign Creator, Judge, and Savior—as well as its symbolic imagery and historical context. The Joy of Hearing brings clarity to the content and message of Revelation and explores its relevance for the church today.

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Thomas R. Schreiner

Thomas R. Schreiner (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is the James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and associate dean of the School of Theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Product Details

Category: Commentaries & Reference
Biblical Studies
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 208
Size: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
Weight: 8.99 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-7132-3
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-7132-9
ISBN-UPC: 9781433571329
Case Quantity: 52
Published: November 30, 2021

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Series Preface
Introduction: The Truth Apocalyptically Revealed

Chapter 1: The Deafness of Those Living on Earth
Chapter 2: The Saints Hear and Heed
Chapter 3: The Declaration That God Rules on His Throne
Chapter 4: The Good News of the Lion and the Lamb
Chapter 5: The Testimony of the Holy Spirit
Chapter 6: The Promise of Blessing and the New Creation
Chapter 7: Reigning with Christ for One Thousand Years

General Index
Scripture Index


“Believers, pastors, and students who look for a reliable guide to the last, and climactic, book of Scripture are superbly served by Tom Schreiner’s volume on Revelation. The Joy of Hearing prepares readers for an encounter with a text some deem to be the most difficult book in the Bible. This encounter focuses on the foundational and central theme of Scripture more generally: God’s people not only do well to listen to God in whom they believe, they also experience the joy of God’s holy presence and sustaining faithfulness even, and especially, in the midst of suffering while remaining committed to the sure hope of one day living in God’s very presence. Tolle, lege—take and read.”
Eckhard J. Schnabel, Mary French Rockefeller Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; author, Paul the Missionary

“The church has always needed the message of the book of Revelation, but it is as urgent now as ever before. Yet many today find Revelation confusing and even intimidating. Enter Tom Schreiner, a scholar who has spent a lifetime in careful exegesis of the New Testament. In The Joy of Hearing, Schreiner uses his considerable skills to present the reader with an overview of Revelation’s message in a clear, winsome, and compelling fashion that is an absolute joy to read. His treatment is balanced and thoughtful, which displays a solid grasp of the central message of this vital biblical book. While it is possible that not everyone who reads this book will agree with the author on some minor details, it is impossible for anyone not to appreciate his warm and fair treatment of differing views and especially his presentation of the central truths of Revelation. This is the book’s great strength and makes it an indispensable guide for today’s church.”
S. M. Baugh, Professor Emeritus of New Testament, Westminster Seminary California

“Tom Schreiner has provided a lucid and well-balanced overview of the book of Revelation—no small feat! He draws on the best contemporary scholarship treating the book but does not burden the reader with excessive scholarly debate. He is clear in his own convictions but charitable to those with whom he disagrees, and he is honest enough to admit when a given text remains perplexing. Anyone looking to understand the Apocalypse will greatly benefit from Schreiner’s discussion.”
Sean M. McDonough, Professor of New Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; author, YHWH at Patmos