Reading the Book of Revelation: A Resource for Students / Edition 1

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Overview

This wide-ranging introduction to the interpretation of the Apocalypse comes from scholars who have worked together for over a decade as members of the Society of Biblical Literature Seminar on Reading the Apocalypse: The Intersection of Literary and Social Methods. Each chapter provides an overall reading of Revelation that grows out of a particular methodological approach. The primary approaches include historical, literary, and social analysis, which are then used in combination with other reading strategies including social conflict theory, philosophy, women’s studies, ethics, History of Religions, Postcolonial Studies, and popular culture. Each of the essays focuses on a specific text from Revelation and shows how the method used helps interpret that text, and how diverse methods produce divergent readings of a text. Contributors include David L. Barr, Paul B. Duff, Ronald L. Farmer, Steven J. Friesen, Edith M. Humphrey, Jon Paulien, Jean-Pierre Ruiz, and Leonard L. Thompson. Developed as a resource book for undergraduates, this work will also prove useful to more advanced students, clergy, and others who wish to explore how methods shape our understandings of texts. All will benefit from up-to-date discussions by some of the leading scholars studying Revelation today.

Paperback edition available from the Society of Biblical Literature (www.sbl-site.org).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589830561
  • Publisher: Society of Biblical Literature
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Series: Resources for Biblical Study Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

David L. Barr, Ph.D. (1974) in Humanities/Religion, Florida State University, is Professor of Religion at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations vii
Introduction: Reading Revelation Today: Consensus and Innovations 1
1. The Story John Told: Reading Revelation for Its Plot 11
2. Ordinary Lives: John and His First Readers 25
3. The Beast from the Land: Revelation 13:11-18 and Social Setting 49
4. Wolves in Sheep's Clothing: Literary Opposition and Social Tension in the Revelation of John 65
5. A Tale of Two Cities and (At Least) Three Women: Transformation, Continuity, and Contrast in the Apocalypse 81
6. Doing Violence: Moral Issues in Reading John's Apocalypse 97
7. Undercurrents and Paradoxes: The Apocalypse to John in Process Hermeneutic 109
8. Taking a Stand on the Sand of the Seashore: A Postcolonial Exploration of Revelation 13 119
9. Spirit Possession: Revelation in Religious Studies 137
10. The Lion/Lamb King: Reading the Apocalypse from Popular Culture 151
Conclusion: Choosing between Readings: Questions and Criteria 163
Bibliography 173
Contributors 181
Index of Ancient Sources 183
Index of Modern Authors 191
Subject Index 195
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