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Seeing Things John's Way: The Rhetoric of the Book of Revelation
deSilva, David A.

Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2009 pp. xiv + 393. $49.95


Description: The emotionally evocative power of the book of Revelation has been often noted and even experienced by interpreters, but until now it has never been systematically explored. The strange visions of the book of Revelation provide some of the most difficult passages of the New Testament, yet Christians have long been fascinated by its power and provocative pronouncements. David deSilva analyzes how the book argues and persuades us to see the world through the eyes of John, and suggests that the study of ancient rhetoric is particularly valuable in understanding the book of Revelation. Professor deSilva interprets the book of Revelation as a rhetorical and communicative strategy to persuade a particular audience for specific goals. Throughout this analysis, he pursues John’s construction of his own authority, John’s use of emotion and logic, and his attempt to shape the formation of the reader. Despite the complexities of Revelation, deSilva has produced a remarkably clear text sure to cause readers to rethink their view of Revelation.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Revelation, Literature

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Review by Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza
Published 3/7/2010
Citation: Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, review of David A. deSilva, Seeing Things John's Way: The Rhetoric of the Book of Revelation, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2010).


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