Was There a Crisis Behind Revelation?

Paul B. Duff

in Who Rides the Beast?

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780195138351
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834150 | DOI:
 Was There a Crisis Behind Revelation?

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Sets out the problem that gives rise to the rest of the book, the observation that the narrative world of the book of Revelation does not match what we know about the real world that Christians in western Asia Minor inhabited. The narrative world of Revelation suggests a crisis involving persecution of the churches by Rome, but historical evidence does not support this scenario. The chapter surveys recent attempts to solve this problem, including attempts to reevaluate the date of Revelation, the suggestion that the crisis was a perceived crisis, and the suggestion that the norms of apocalyptic rhetoric can account for the “crisis” depicted in the narrative. The chapter concludes by evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of these various proposals.

Keywords: crisis; date of Revelation; perceived crisis; persecution; Revelation; rhetoric; Rome

Chapter.  6544 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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