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Visions of the Apocalypse: Receptions of John's Revelation in Western Imagination
Chilton, Bruce

Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2013 pp. vi + 169. $29.95



Description: Johnís Revelation has led to countless diverse and divergent interpretations. Readersí cryptic notions of violent end-time scenarios, strict prophetic truths, and encouragement for the faithful have undeniably colored the bookís reception through the centuries. In Visions of the Apocalypse, Bruce Chilton maps the ways in which the text has been read through the centuries and introduces these main interpretations of Revelation, such as Papiasí millenarian kingdom, Augustineís vertical ascent to heaven, Origenís transcendent message, and Dionysiusí belief in Revelationís hidden message. Visions of the Apocalypse provides the ways in which Revelation has been read and suggests to todayís readers the strategies for understanding Johnís Revelation in a contemporary context.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Revelation, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Early Christian Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Literary Approaches, Theological Approaches, Comparative Religion, Islam, Judaism, Christianity, History of Interpretation

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Review by Ian Boxall
Published 6/11/2015
Citation: Ian Boxall, review of Bruce Chilton, Visions of the Apocalypse: Receptions of John's Revelation in Western Imagination, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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