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The Throne Motif in the Book of Revelation
Gallusz, Laszlo

London: Bloomsbury, 2014 pp. xxii + 396. $150.00

Series Information
Library of New Testament Studies, 487



Description: This book argues that the throne motif constitutes the major interpretive key to the complex structure and theology of the book of Revelation. In the first part of the book, Gallusz examines the throne motif in the Old Testament, Jewish literature and Graeco-Roman sources. He moves on to devote significant attention to the throne of God texts of Revelation and particularly to the analysis of the throne-room vision (chs. 4&5), which is foundational for the development of the throne motif. Gallusz reveals how Revelation utilizes the throne motif as the central principle for conveying a theological message, since it appears as the focus of the author from the outset to the climax of the drama. The book concludes with an investigation into the rhetorical impact of the motif and its contribution to the theology of Revelation. Gallusz finally shows that the throne, what it actually represents, is of critical significance both to Revelation's theism and to God's dealing with the problem of evil in the course of human history.

Subjects: Bible, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Mishnah, Talmudic and Rabbinic Literature, Greco-Roman Literature, Nag Hammadi and Gnostic, Early Christian Literature, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Theological Approaches, Dead Sea Scrolls

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Review by Andrew R. Guffey
Published 8/10/2015
Citation: Andrew R. Guffey, review of Laszlo Gallusz, The Throne Motif in the Book of Revelation, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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