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Renowned scholar David Aune, author of a leading commentary on the book of Revelation, here offers twenty collected essays on apocalypticism, the book of Revelation, and related topics. Several essays on the Apocalypse of John explore contextual relationships of the Apocalypse to apocalyptic literature. Other essays center on aspects of the content and interpretation of the Apocalypse itself by investigating issues such as discipleship, narrative Christology, genre, and the problem of God and time. Essays on early Christian prophecy deal with charismatic exegesis in early Judaism and early Christianity, the relationship between Christian prophecy and the messianic status of Jesus, and the prophetic features found in The Odes of Solomon.

"Despite its unquestionable utility for scholars of Revelation, [this volume] is not simply a compilation of specialist papers on selected technical topics concerning the New Testament book. Rather, its title is entirely appropriate: this is a volume that deals with ancient Jewish and Christian apocalypticism, prophecy, and magic at a very high level. . . . What strikes one most about this collection is Aune's tremendous breadth of interest and expertise. . . . Aune brings to his investigation an immense knowledge of not only the Jewish, Christian, and classical literature of the era but also the documentary evidence, including the numismatic and inscriptive. . . . I would find it difficult to conduct research on ancient apocalypses and apocalypticism, or on the book of Revelation, without this volume by my side. Its inclusion in university and personal libraries is strongly recommended."--Lorenzo DiTommaso, Review of Biblical Literature

"In many respects [this book] accompanies the author's three-volume Word Commentary [on Revelation]. . . . Individual essays represent a variety of approaches, literary, historical, and sociological, reflecting the depth and breadth of the author's scholarship. This volume will prove a useful and accessible resource, comparable in scale to a fourth volume of the commentary, and will provide readers with further benefits of the concentration of scholarly energy and insight which went into those volumes."--Nicholas H. Taylor, Journal for the Study of the New Testament Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801035944
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

David E. Aune (PhD, University of Chicago) is Walter Professor of New Testament at the University of Notre Dame. He is the editor of Rereading Paul Together and the author of a three-volume commentary on the book of Revelation (Word Biblical Commentary) and of The Westminster Dictionary of New Testament and Early Christian Literature and Rhetoric.
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Table of Contents

Understanding Jewish and Christian Apocalyptic
From the Idealized Past to the Imaginary Future: Eschatological Restoration in Jewish Apocalyptic Literature (with Eric Stewart)
The Apocalypse of John and the Problem of Genre
Following the Lamb: Discipleship in the Apocalypse
Qumran and the Book of Revelation
The Influence of Roman Imperial Court Ceremonial on the Apocalypse of John
An Intertextual Reading of the Apocalypse of John
The Apocalypse of John and Palestinian Jewish Apocalyptic
The Social Matrix of the Apocalypse of John
Stories of Jesus in the Apocalypse of John
The Form and Function of the Proclamations to the Seven Churches (Revelation 2-3)
Revelation 5 as an Ancient Egyptian Enthronement Scene?
Revelation 17: A Lesson in Remedial Reading
The Prophetic Circle of John of Patmos and the Exegesis of Revelation 22:16
God and Time in the Apocalypse of John
Charismatic Exegesis in Early Judaism and Early Christianity
Christian Prophecy and the Messianic Status of Jesus
The Odes of Solomon and Early Christian Prophecy
The Apocalypse of John and Graeco-Roman Revelatory Magic
Magic in Early Christianity
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