Newly available from Zondervan is Reading Revelation in Context: John’s Apocalypse and Second Temple Judaism, edited by Ben Blackwell, John Goodrich, and Jason Maston.
According to the publisher,
Going beyond an introduction that merely surveys historical events and theological themes, Reading Revelation in Context examines individual passages in Second Temple Jewish literature in order to illuminate the context of Revelation’s theology and the meaning and potency of John’s visions. Following the narrative progression of Revelation, each chapter (1) pairs a major unit of the Apocalypse with one or more sections of a thematically related Jewish text, (2) introduces and explores the historical and theological nuances of the comparator text, and (3) shows how the ideas in the comparator text illuminate those expressed in Revelation.
On a related note, see Ben Blackwell’s contribution to the “Pro Tips for Busy Writers” series for more thoughts from him about his work for this volume and his overall writing process.