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The Revelation of John: A Narrative Commentary
Resseguie, James L.

Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker, 2009 pp. 288. $24.99


Description: As the only book of its kind in the New Testament, Revelation can be difficult to understand, and for readers without specialized training, the historical-critical approach used in many commentaries can provide more complication than illumination. Here James Resseguie applies the easily understandable tools introduced in his primer on narrative criticism to this challenging book. He shows how Revelation uses such features as rhetoric, setting, character, point of view, plot, symbolism, style, and repertoire to construct its meaning. This literary approach draws out the theological and homiletical message of the book and highlights its major unifying themes: the need to listen well, an overwhelmingly God-centered perspective, and the exodus to a new promised land. Here is a valuable aid for pastor and serious lay reader alike.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Revelation, Literature

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Review by Tobias Nicklas
Published 11/7/2009
Citation: Tobias Nicklas, review of James L. Resseguie, The Revelation of John: A Narrative Commentary, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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