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Barr: A common and helpful metaphor to guide interpretation of a text is to reflect on the three worlds implicit in every text. Read more. John Watson.
Seeing Things John's Way: The Rhetoric of the Book of Revelation – By David A. deSilva
The idea that a prophetic text can serve to both encourage and sustain a struggling contemporary congregation and also describe far future events and conditions is new to me. And in between first use and final fulfilment it can be a source of endless lessons, layers of meaning, speculation and guidance.
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This is fascinating. Even before I was a Baha'i, I understood Revelation to be a symbolic description of what must happen when a civilization reaches a certain stage. It was in part informed by what happened to previous civilizations such as Babylon. With all that writing you didn't answer the question about Revelation ch We respect your trust in us.
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New Password. Password Changed Successfully Your password has been changed. Returning user. 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. 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.