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Seeing Things John's Way The Rhetoric of the Book of Revelation

ISBN-10: 0664224490
ISBN-13: 9780664224493
Edition: 2009
Authors: David A. deSilva
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Description: The emotionally evocative power of the book of Revelation has been often noted and even experienced by interpreters, but until now it has never been systematically explored. The strange visions of the book of Revelation provide some of the most  More...

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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date: 6/29/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

The emotionally evocative power of the book of Revelation has been often noted and even experienced by interpreters, but until now it has never been systematically explored. The strange visions of the book of Revelation provide some of the most difficult passages of the New Testament, yet Christians have long been fascinated by its power and provocative pronouncements. David deSilva analyzes how the book argues and persuades us to see the world through the eyes of John, and suggests that the study of ancient rhetoric is particularly valuable in understanding the book of Revelation. Professor deSilva interprets the book of Revelation as a rhetorical and communicative strategy to persuade a particular audience for specific goals. Throughout this analysis, he pursues John's construction of his own authority, John's use of emotion and logic, and his attempt to shape the formation of the reader.Despite the complexities of Revelation, deSilva has produced a remarkably clear text sure to cause readers to rethink their view of Revelation.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
"Favored Are Those Who Read": Orientations to Revelation in the History of Interpretation
The Rhetorical Setting of Revelation: Seven Congregations in the Roman Province of Asia
What Does John Really Want? The Rhetorical Goals of Revelation
"What Is and What Will Be Hereafter": The Cosmos according to John
Why Should We Listen to John? The Construction of Ethos in Revelation
Stealing Authority? John's Use of the Hebrew Bible
The Strategic Arousal of Emotions in the Oracles to the Seven Churches
"I Saw a Monster Rising Up!" Appeals to Pathos in the Visions of Revelation
Appeals to Rational Argument (Logos) in Revelation: The Seven Oracles
Argumentation in John's Visions: Revelation 14:6-13 as Focal Summary of Main Points
Literary Logic in Revelation: Rational Argument through Narrative and Intertexture
John's Vision beyond the Roman World: What Might the Spirit Continue to Say to the Churches?
Bibliography
Index of Ancient Texts
Index of Modern Authors
Index of Subjects

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