Discovering Revelation

SPCK Publishing
  • erschienen am 18. März 2021
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  • 233 Seiten
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Discovering Revelation is the perfect introduction to the interpretation of Revelation. Through a critical assessment of key interpreters and interpretative debates, it encourages in-depth study of the text and a genuine grappling with the theological and historical questions raised.

As part of the Discovering Biblical Texts series, Discovering Revelation draws on a range of author-, text- and reader-centred methodological approaches as complementary rather than mutually exclusive ways of understanding the text. It also reflects the growing scholarly attention to the reception history of Biblical texts, increasingly viewed as a vital aspect of interpretation rather than an optional extra.

Discovering Revelation is an ideal commentary for students and those looking to dig deeper into the Book of Revelation. You will gain a solid grasp of the structure and content of Revelation, and a thorough understanding of key interpretations and theological concerns that will enhance your own reading of the text.

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  • La Vergne
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  • USA
  • 0,88 MB
978-0-281-06972-9 (9780281069729)
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David A. deSilva is Trustees' Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary, Ohio. He has written over twenty books as well as Discovering Revelation, including A Week in the Life of Ephesus, The Jewish Teachers of Jesus, James, and Jude, An Introduction to the New Testament and Introducing the Apocrypha.

  • Intro
  • Preface
  • Abbreviations
  • 1 Introduction
  • Between fascination and repugnance
  • Reading Revelation
  • John's commission and Jesus' messages (1.1-3.22)
  • The three series of God's judgements (4.1-16.21)
  • The fall of Babylon and descent of New Jerusalem (17.1-22.5)
  • Closing words (22.6-21)
  • Structure and interpretation
  • 2 Interpreting Revelation: strategies for reading
  • Engaging the 'three worlds' of Revelation
  • Reading Revelation through the centuries: a question of genre
  • Revelation as a letter
  • Revelation as a prophetic word
  • Revelation as an apocalypse
  • The general approach of this volume
  • 3 The text of Revelation: origins and transmission
  • The writer of the text
  • The composition of the text
  • The date of the text
  • The language of the text
  • Handing down the text
  • 4 The world of John the Seer: locating the text historically and socially
  • The religious and ideological context
  • The economic and military contexts
  • 5 A revelation of Jesus Christ (Revelation 1)
  • Authorship and authority in Revelation
  • Encountering Jesus in Revelation
  • 6 Oracles from the glorified Christ (Revelation 2-3)
  • The form and message of the oracles
  • 1 Command to John to write
  • 2 Identification of the speaker
  • 3 Commendation and instructions
  • 4 Rebuke and call for change
  • 5 Promises to 'the one who conquers'
  • 6 Admonition to all the assemblies to 'listen'
  • Local challenges facing one or more congregations
  • 1 Tensions with the synagogue
  • 2 Pressures and hostility from Greco-Roman neighbours
  • 3 A gospel of accommodation
  • Conclusion
  • 7 Visions of the cosmic centre (Revelation 4-5)
  • Getting 'there'
  • The heavenly court
  • The commissioning of the Lamb
  • The larger picture and audience perspective
  • Revelation and worship
  • 8 Seals, trumpets and plagues: Revelation as cosmic exodus (Revelation 6-9, 10-11, 15-16)
  • Linear plot and/or recapitulation?
  • Breaking the seals
  • A new Egypt, a new exodus
  • Sealing God's people
  • Trumpets and bowls as exponential exodus
  • A new song of Moses on the shore of a new sea
  • Repentance or recalcitrance?
  • 9 Roman power and propaganda in perspective (Revelation 12-14)
  • Rewriting the myths of Roman rule
  • The emperor's new genus
  • The other column in the ledger
  • Witness and conquering
  • 10 The goddess exposed (Revelation 17.1-19.10)
  • Re-dressing Roma
  • Does Revelation promote misogyny?
  • Prophetic precedents and prophetic critique
  • Saintly joy or schadenfreude?
  • Continuing encounters with Babylon
  • 11 Making all things new (Revelation 19.11-22.5)
  • The return of the King
  • Visions of violence and vengeance
  • The millennium across the millennia
  • Judgement Day
  • All things new
  • 12 Conclusions: Interpreting Revelation today
  • Looking for 'fulfilment' in one-to-one correspondences
  • Theological interpretation
  • Discernment on the basis of analysis and analogy
  • Bibliography
  • Index of Scripture references and ancient authors
  • Index of modern authors
  • Index of subjects

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