As a "layman," I have always been intimidated by Revelation. I have several commentaries - all highly "rated." I bought Fanning's book because I wanted to "check out" the ZECNT series. Well...so far.. I love it! The quality of the book is excellent. And Fanning's writing is clear and not in the least intimidating. Don't let the author's pedigree or descriptions of the book as "mid level or higher" keep you from purchasing the book. If someone who tends to shy away from "difficult texts" can find them not-so-difficult with the help of the Holy Spirit and an excellent commentary, so can you! And this commentary is excellent! Thank you Buist! I call "scholars" by their first name - not out of disrespect but because we are all saved the same way by the same person! Amen.
Buist Fanning's commentary on Revelation is definitely one of the five best commentaries on this book available. Having taught Greek at the graduate level for many years, his insights from the Greek text are precise and profound. Since Revelation draws so heavily upon Old Testament allusions, the reader will receive excellent insight into these important intertextual connections. Although my own understanding of Rev 17-18 differs from his, I would concur with his interpretation of most of the book. In line with this, I would applaud his commitment to a premillennial perspective of the book. Finally, not only does he provide insightful commentary on every verse of the book, but he is obviously aware of current research on Revelation and references that judiciously. This commentary is highly recommended.