The Revelation of John: A Narrative Commentary

James L. Resseguie

The Revelation of John: A Narrative Commentary
The Revelation of John: A Narrative Commentary

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Categories: Revelation

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As the only book of its kind in the New Testament, Revelation presents interpretive challenges to scholar, student, pastor, and lay reader alike. For readers without specialized training, the historical-critical approach used in many commentaries can provide more complication than illumination. Further, that approach tends to de-emphasize the narrative aspect of the book.

In this new commentary, James Resseguie applies the easily understandable tools introduced in his primer on narrative criticism to this challenging biblical book. As he works his way through the text, Resseguie examines closely how Revelation uses such features as rhetoric, setting, characterization, point of view, plot, symbolism, and style to construct its meaning. This literary approach draws out the theological and homiletical message of the book and shows that Revelation is an organic whole with unifying themes. First, Revelation calls us to listen well. Second, the book stresses an overwhelmingly theocentric perspective we would do well to embrace. The third theme is that of an exodus of God's people to a new promised land. Here is a valuable contribution to the study of Revelation in both the classroom and pastor's study.

Pages: 288 pages
Publisher: Baker Academic
Published: 2009
ISBN-10: 080103213X
ISBN-13: 9780801032134

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James L. Resseguie ist seit Jahren für eine Reihe von wichtigen Büchern zur narrativen Kritik neutestamentlicher Texte bekannt. Diese Methode, die ja ursprünglich für die Analyse moderner erzählender Literatur entwickelt wurde, nun nicht nur für die Evangelien des Neuen Testaments, sondern auch für die Offenbarung des Johannes anzuwenden, birgt sicherlich ein gewisses Risiko—gerade deswegen aber greift man mit einigem Interesse zu diesem neuen Band. Resseguies Kommentar ist sicherlich in vielerlei Hinsicht ungewöhnlich: Antworten auf die klassischen Einleitungsfragen nach Autor, Datierung, Entstehungsumständen oder Rezeptionsgeschichte der Apokalypse wird man in der Einleitung des Buches vergeblich suchen; bis auf einen ganz knappen Hinweis (48) fehlend ist auch eine Analyse des (ja durchaus problematischen) Griechisch der Apokalypse. Stattdessen geht es um die Rhetorik des Textes, seine Entwicklung von Charakteren, die Erzählperspektive, den Plot der Erzählung usw. Ich möchte im Folgenden nur einige der bemerkenswerteren Aussagen herausgreifen und kritisch unter die Lupe nehmen: Ausführlich nimmt der Autor Stellung zur Metaphorik der Apokalypse, bietet in diesem Zusammenhang aber keine Hinweise zu deren Hintergründen in vergleichbaren Bildwelten vor allem prophetischer und apokalyptischer Texte des Alten Testaments wie des frühen Judentums. [Full Review]

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