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Hidden Identities and the Arriving New World: The Experience of Reading the Book of Revelation

Paolo Nogueira

in Radical Christian Voices and Practice

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199599776
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738340 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599776.003.0007
Hidden Identities and the Arriving New World: The Experience of Reading the Book of Revelation

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The book of Revelation is traditionally interpreted as (or as intended to be) a prophecy of future events. This chapter argues that emphasis on the future in the interpretation is misleading for the reading of the book as a whole. Rather, the book seems to conduct the reader through a labyrinth of similar structures in order to make him/her experience power and religious identity. This can be shown in literary terms by examining the large and complex organized narrative of theBbook of Revelation, showing how it is structured as a heavenly worship account, and from that perspective revisits dualistically different aspects of the world of the reader. That kind of reading experience allows people to insert themselves in the world created in the text and from that experience construct new identities.

Keywords: Book of Revelation; power; religious identity; heavenly worship; reading experience

Chapter.  5697 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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