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The Book of Revelation and Early Jewish Textual Culture
Allen, Garrick V.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017 pp. xix + 356. $99.99

Series Information
Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series, 168


Description: The Book of Revelation and Early Jewish Textual Culture explores the relationship between the writing of Revelation and its early audience, especially its interaction with Jewish Scripture. It touches on several areas of scholarly inquiry in biblical studies, including modes of literary production, the use of allusions, practices of exegesis, and early engagements with the Book of Revelation. Garrick Allen brings the Book of Revelation into the broader context of early Jewish literature, including the Dead Sea Scrolls and other important works. Arguing that the author of the New Testament Apocalypse was a 'scribal expert, someone who was well-versed in the content of Jewish Scripture and its interpretation', he demonstrates that John was not only a seer and prophet, but also an erudite reader of scripture.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Prophetic Literature, Book of the Twelve, New Testament, Revelation, Literature, Zechariah, Dead Sea Scrolls

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Review by Juan HernŠndez Jr.
Published 7/5/2018
Citation: Juan HernŠndez Jr., review of Garrick V. Allen, The Book of Revelation and Early Jewish Textual Culture, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


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