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Hören und Sehen: Die Rhetorik der Anschaulichkeit in den Gottesthron-Szenen der Johannesoffenbarung
Neumann, Nils

Leipzig: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, 2015 pp. 320. €68.00

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Arbeiten zur Bibel und ihrer Geschichte, 49


Description: Nils Neumann's Habilitation thesis „Hören und Sehen“ deals with figurative language in the Revelation of John, analyzing it by the means of Rhetorical Criticism. Among Hellenistic rhetoricians the topos of vividness is well known: When a speaker puts his subject into words vividly and mentioning many details he transports his audience right into the scene which he narrates. In this perspective new insights arise on the effect that the last book of the Bible intends to exercise on its audience. Neumann shows on the basis of the scenes that are situated in front of God's throne how the text offers its hearers an experience of immediacy. The audience of the Book of Revelation can view the narrated events with their inner eyes and are thus addressed not only cognitively but also emotionally.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Revelation, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Rhetorical Criticism

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Review by Garrick Allen
Published 3/28/2019
Citation: Garrick Allen, review of Nils Neumann, Hören und Sehen: Die Rhetorik der Anschaulichkeit in den Gottesthron-Szenen der Johannesoffenbarung, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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