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New Perspectives on the Book of Revelation


Editors:  Yarbro Collins A.

Year: 2017
ISBN: 978-90-429-3502-0
Pages: X-644 p.
Price: 98 EURO

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This volume contains the proceedings of the 64th Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense (July 23-25, 2015) which dealt with the state of the question in research on the book of Revelation and the exploration of new perspectives and methods. Many interpretive issues continue to be contested, such as the genre of the work. Is it an apocalypse, a letter, or a book of prophecy? If it is all of these, how do the apocalyptic, epistolary, and prophetic elements work together?
Certain classic or well established approaches to the book of Revelation, such as the use of Scripture, the genre, establishing the text, and its peculiar Greek were assessed. But also newer approaches were represented, explored, and taken further, for example, the construction of time and space in the work, theological issues raised by the work (such as individual predestination), ethical issues (violence), and various aspects of the history of interpretation, reception, lecture, and Wirkungsgeschichte. Challenges in the interpretation of images and symbols were addressed, both from an historical critical point of view and in relation to the dependence of results on the scholarly approach selected by the interpreter.

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