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Revelation and the Politics of Apocalyptic Interpretation

Edited by Richard B. Hays and Stefan Alkier

Revelation and the Politics of Apocalyptic Interpretation
Paperback, 239 pages $29.95
Published: 15th November 2015
ISBN: 9781602585621
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All Biblical Studies, New Testament

John's apocalyptic revelation tends to be read either as an esoteric mystery or a breathless blueprint for the future. Missing, though, is how Revelation is the most visually stunning and politically salient text in the canon. Revelation and the Politics of Apocalyptic Interpretation explores the ways in which Revelation, when read as the last book in the Christian Bible, is in actuality a crafted and contentious word. Senior scholars, including N.T. Wright, Richard Hays, Marianne Meye Thompson, and Stefan Alkier, reveal the intricate intertextual interplay between this apocalyptically charged book, its resonances with the Old Testament, and its political implications. In so doing, the authors show how the church today can read Revelation as both promise and critique.

1. What Has the Spirit Been Saying? Theological and Hermeneutical Reflections on the Reception/Impact History of the Book of Revelation - Michael J. Gorman

2. Models for Intertextual Interpretation of Revelation - Steve Moyise

3. The Reception of Daniel 7 in the Revelation of John - Thomas Hieke 

4. Faithful Witness, Alpha and Omega: The Identity of Jesus in the Apocalypse of John - Richard B. Hays

5. God, Israel, and Ecclesia in the Apocalypse - Joseph L. Mangina 

6. Revelation and Christian Hope: Political Implications of the Revelation to John - N. T. Wright 

7. Witness or Warrior? How the Book of Revelation Can Help Christians Live Their Political Lives - Stefan Alkier

8. The Apocalypse in the Framework of the Canon - Tobias Nicklas 

9. Reading What Is Written in the Book of Life: Theological Interpretation of the Book of Revelation Today- Marianne Meye Thompson


"The contributors present a compelling case that there are real political implications in the interpretation and identification of the main message of the Apocalypse."

—Ched Spellman, Southwester Baptist Theological Seminary, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

"[L]iberally spiced with insights.... [The authors] do a commendable job of striking a balance between the impact of this book on its original recipients and on its modern ones.... Highly recommended."

—J. E. Lunceford, Georgetown College, Choice (February 2013)

"For many Revelation has effectively been decanonized—mostly little read and even less understood. This fine collection ventures into intertextual, canonical, theological, and political readings of the book that advance theological reflection on the significance of Revelation for today."

—Joel B. Green, Professor of New Testament Interpretation & Associate Dean for the Center for Advanced Theological Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary

"A splendid collection. This volume will help both the seasoned and the skittish interpret Revelation within its canonical context, and thereby move the academy and the church within hearing distance of apocalyptic texts in the gospels and epistles."

—Eugene Boring, I. Wylie Briscoe Professor of New Testament, Emeritus, Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University

"... offers a stimulating and constructive engagement with the Apocalypse."

—Grant Macaskill, Journal for the Study of the New Testament (35:5, August 2013)

"This volume makes a significant contribution to the scholarly literature on Revelation…full of rich and challenging insights which deserve careful reflection."

— Ian Boxall, Catholic University of America, Modern Believing (55:4)

Richard B. Hays (Ph.D., Emory University) is George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament, Duke Divinity School. His publications include Reading the Bible Intertextually (edited with Stefan Alkier and Leroy A. Huizenga, 2009) and Reading Backwards (2014).

Stefan Alkier is Professor for New Testament and History of the Early Church at Fachbereich Evangelische Theologie, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 239 pages
 9in x 6in

  REL006080, REL006220
 Baylor University Press

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