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Revelation: The Past and Future of Johnís Apocalypse
Stevens, Gerald L.

Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2014 pp. xxxii + 633. $62.00

Description: This three-part study covers the history of interpretation, theological foundations, and exegesis. Copious illustrations from the author's worldwide travels enhance discussion of Rome's emperors, empire, and ideology as the premier horizon for understanding John's immediate context and meaning. Distinctive contributions include Stevens's effort to re-canonize Revelation by insisting on gospel concord, methodically interpreting all of Revelation through the lens of the seven churches and showing how Revelation's imagery consistently relates more to the incarnation than the Parousia. Stevens bypasses traditional millennial options to argue that Revelation is "passion-millennial"óthe passion of Jesus predicates the passion of the church. Under Stevens's hands, Revelation becomes eminently sensible to the original audience and powerfully pertinent for today's church.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Revelation, Greco-Roman Literature, Early Christian Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Textual Criticism, Literary Approaches, Canonical Criticism, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology, New Testament Theology, History of Interpretation

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Review by Shane J. Wood
Published 2/15/2016
Citation: Shane J. Wood, review of Gerald L. Stevens, Revelation: The Past and Future of Johnís Apocalypse, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2016).

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