This book breaks fresh ground in the interpretation of the Apocalypse with an interdisciplinary methodology called aural-performance criticism that assesses how the first-century audience would have heard the Apocalypse. First-century media culture is probed by assessing the dynamics of literacy, orality, aurality, and performance in the Gospels, parts of the Pauline corpus, and also Jewish apocalyptic literature. The audience constructs of informed, minimal, and competent assist the interpreter to apply the methodology. Sound maps and an aural-performance commentary of Revelation 1 and 11 are developed that analyze aural markers, sound style, identity markers, repetition, themes, and the appropriation of the message by the audience. The book concludes by examining the sociological, theological, and communal aspects of aurality and performance and its implications for interpreting the Apocalypse.
About the Author
Kayle B. de Waal is Head of the Avondale Seminary and Senior Lecturer in New Testament at Avondale College of Higher Education in Cooranbong, Australia. He received his MA in theology from the University of Kwazulu-Natal and his PhD in theology from the University of Auckland. He is the author of A Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation of the Seven Trumpets of Revelation as well as a number of book chapters and peer-reviewed articles.
Table of ContentsContents: Literature Review and Methodology – The Authorial Audience and the Culture in John’s World – Aurality in the Ancient Literature – An Aural-Performance Analysis of Revelation 1:1 - 21 – An Aural-Performance Analysis of Rev. 11:1 - 19 – Summary and Implications of this Study.