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Recent Research on Revelation

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Recent Research on Revelation is an ambitious attempt to comprehend the great range of scholarly views on the Apocalypse. Avoiding popular and sensational readings of Revelation, this book outlines how scholars of various stripes grapple with John’s dramatic and often disturbing book.

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Perhaps no other biblical book has been the source of as much consternation to its readers as the Revelation of John of Patmos. Their distress has been accentuated by popular approaches, which often advance sensationalist visions of the future. But did John’s vision focus on the distant future, or was it directed to concerns of his own day? If it was directed to his own situation in Roman Asia Minor, what lasting significance, if any, does it have for people two thousand years after the composition of the work?

Recent Research on Revelation is an ambitious attempt to comprehend the great range of scholarly views on the Apocalypse. Avoiding popular and sensational readings of Revelation, this book outlines how scholars of various stripes grapple with John’s dramatic and often disturbing book. Beginning with a historical survey of scholarly opinion, the book examines the question of what form of literature Revelation is. It then offers an overview of various methods used to interpret the Apocalypse, ranging from traditional historical-critical analysis to feminist and postcolonial criticisms.

The Apocalypse continues to evoke strong reactions in its readers, both positive and negative, from comfort to perplexity to revulsion. At the very least, it stimulates readers’ interest to an extent not surpassed by any other New Testament book. We cannot shut our eyes to John’s vision, for it has had too much impact on who we are, whether Christian or not.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: An Overview of Earlier Approaches
Revelation in the Early Church to Joachim of Fiore
Joachim of Fiore
Reformation and Post-Reformation Readings
Emergence of a Critical Approach

2. Of Genre, or, Is Revelation an Apocalypse?
Earlier Efforts at a Definition
Response of the Apocalyptic Group of the SBL Genres Project
Toward a More Satisfactory Definition

3. The Apocalypse against its Ancient Environment:
Near Eastern, Jewish and Greco-Roman Influences
Revelation in a History-of-Religions or Tradition-Historical Perspective
Adela Yarbro Collins
David E. Aune
Gregory Stevenson
Franz Tóth
Christopher A. Frilingos
Colin Hemer
Steven J. Friesen
Bruce J. Malina
Jacques M. Chevalier
Sean Michael Ryan
Rodney Lawrence Thomas
Revelation Understood in Terms of its Christian Hebrew Bible
and Jewish Roots
Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza
G.K. Beale
J ean-Pierre Ruiz
Jan Fekkes III
Steve Moyise
Jon Paulien
Marko Jauhiainen
Alan S. Bandy
Loren T. Stuckenbruck
Pilchan Lee
David A. Mathewson
Håken Ulfgard

4. Literary Perspectives on Revelation
Literary Analyses
David L. Barr
Barbara Rossing
James L. Resseguie
Thomas Johann Bauer
Jean Delorme and Isabelle Donegani
Antoninus King Wai Siew
David A. deSilva
Robert M. Royalty
W. Gordon Campbell
Michael Koch

5. Theological and Pacifistic Readings of Revelation
Theological Readings of Revelation
Richard Bauckham
Joseph L. Mangina
Craig S. Keener
Felise Tavo
Richard B. Hayes et al.
Pacifist Readings of the Apocalypse
Mark Bredin
J. Nelson Kraybill
Matthew Streett
Loren L. Johns

6. ‘Ideological’ Readings of the Apocalypse:
Speaking Self-Consciously from Social Location
Feminist Readings
Tina Pippin
Adela Yarbro Collins
Catherine Keller
Lynn R. Huber
Stephen D. Moore
Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza
Political Readings of Revelation: Reading from the Margins
Allan A. Boesak
Pablo Richard
Brian Blount
David A. Sánchez
Wes Howard-Brook and Anthony Gwyther
Greg Carey
David Rhoads et al.

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Author
Russell S. Morton
List Price
£60 / $95 / €70
Series
Recent Research in Biblical Studies, 7
Scholars' Price
£30 / $47.50 / €35
ISBN 13 hardback
978-1-909697-61-4
Format
Hardback
Page Extent
xi + 180
Publication Date
September 2014
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