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A Commentary on the Apocalypse of John
Lupieri, Edmondo
Johnson, Maria and Adam Kamesar, translators

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006 pp. xxx + 395. $36.00

Series Information
Italian Texts and Studies on Religion and Society


Description: Edmondo Lupieriís main goal in A Commentary on the Apocalypse of John is to introduce readers to the mental and spiritual world of John as both a first-century Jew and a follower of Jesus. The fruit of over ten years of research, a constructive response to postmodern criticism, and an academic best-seller in its Italian edition, Lupieriís commentary offers both new proposals and traditional interpretations to shed light on this complex coda to the biblical message. In an illuminating preface Lupieri discusses the strange world of the Apocalypse and promises an open commentary, full of original treatments of knotty interpretive problems. Maintaining a strong historical perspective throughout, he examines the text of the Apocalypse line by line, paying careful attention to the Greek text, offering a new translation, making wide use of apocryphal, pseudepigraphal, and Qumran literature, and often analyzing Johnís Apocalypse as compared to other Jewish apocalypses. Thoughtful, thorough, and nonsectarian, Lupieriís Commentary on the Apocalypse of John will appeal to anyone with a serious interest in the meaning of the biblical text.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Revelation, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Early Church Origins, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology, New Testament Theology

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Review by Craig R. Koester
Published 8/18/2007
Citation: Craig R. Koester, review of Edmondo Lupieri, A Commentary on the Apocalypse of John, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2007).


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