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The Johannine Line of Development: Revelation

John Reumann

in Variety and Unity in New Testament Thought

Published in print July 1991 | ISBN: 9780198262015
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682285 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262015.003.0014

Series: Oxford Bible Series

The Johannine Line of Development: Revelation

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The Revelation of Jesus Christ is an amalgam of visions, letters, and sequences of catastrophic judgements, which devastate the sinful world, particularly the oppressor ‘Babylon’; all interspersed with precious glimpses of hope, including a thousand-year reign by Christ and then the consummation in the new Jerusalem. Sounds and silence, vivid colours, exquisite song and fateful dirge, mysterious numbers, beast figures, mythic symbols, hints of persecution, gore, famine, death, and tangible details about the promised city of God combine to overwhelm the reader/hearer privileged to share this extravaganza for God's faithful. Not surprisingly, Revelation has had its ups and downs as Christian Scripture. It was clearly alluded to by 2nd-century writers. Furthermore, over the centuries, Revelation has often attracted those apocalyptically inclined and repelled others servant-saints. Having given the book a specific setting in history, critical study also helped demystify Revelation by identifying the genre that this puzzling book embodies.

Keywords: Revelation; Jesus Christ; Babylon; Jerusalem; Christian Scripture; servant-saints; judgements

Chapter.  11981 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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