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The Conversion of the Nations in Revelation
McNicol, Allan J.

New York: T&T Clark, 2010 pp. xvii + 155. $110.00

Series Information
Library of New Testament Studies, 438


Description: Allan McNicol examines the longstanding tension between the author of Revelationís description of the destruction of unrepentant nations early in the book in contrast with their final experience of salvation in Rev 21.24-26. McNicol examines how the author of Revelation interprets and re-fashions both scripture and the myths of the age in order to lay out his vision of redemption Ė leading to his ultimate conclusion that human political power (Rome) will crumble before the influence of the crucified Jesus. Through careful attention to references to the Ďpilgrimage to the Gentilesí in prophetic literature, McNicol is able to draw valuable conclusions as to how the core tension examined may be resolved. This exegesis is in turn able show how the author of Revelationís alternative voice to Romeís power emerged among a small minority community in the Eastern Roman Empire and gained plausibility. This voice not only could articulate a construct of its own vindication (thus empowering its own converts) but it also construed a new destiny for the nations themselves separate and apart from Rome.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Revelation, Literature

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Review by Peter S. Perry
Published 9/18/2012
Citation: Peter S. Perry, review of Allan J. Mcnicol, The Conversion of the Nations in Revelation, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).


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