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Revelation 19 in Historical and Mythological Context
Thomas, David Andrew

New York: Lang, 2008 pp. xii + 201. $68.95

Series Information
Studies in Biblical Literature, 118


Description: Revelation 19:11-21 is a passage rich in symbol and allusion, much of which proves elusive for interpreters restricting themselves to Old Testament references. However, when Greco-Roman history and mythology are examined, new possibilities are discovered. Revelation 19 in Historical and Mythological Context analyzes the Roman triumph and the Parthian threat as sources for the colorful imagery in Revelation 19, ultimately exploring the Nero redivivus myth as the nexus between the two and a key for unlocking the passage. Paradox and parody are important themes in this technical though theological study of the climax to the drama that is the Apocalypse.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Revelation, Literature

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Review by David L. Barr
Published 4/4/2009
Citation: David L. Barr, review of David Andrew Thomas, Revelation 19 in Historical and Mythological Context, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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