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The Reality of Apocalypse: Rhetoric and Politics in the Book of Revelation (Sbl - Symposium) [Hardcover]

By David L. Barr (Editor)
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Pages   306
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.74" Width: 6.58" Height: 0.98"
Weight:   1.55 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2007
Publisher   Brill Academic Publishers
ISBN  9004151079  
EAN  9789004151079  

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Far from spinning a fantasy of what will never be, the book of Revelation depicts an alternate social world in order to shape the community and individual identity of an audience living under imperial rule. To highlight the Apocalypse's meaning for its original audience, this volume focuses on two interrelated themes pulsing throughout Revelation: rhetoric and politics. It considers rhetorical strategies and tactics in Revelation and demonstrates how its rhetoric fits the situation in Roman Asia Minor and the struggle within the Apocalypse community. It also examines community and cultural conflicts, showing how myth, symbol, and liturgy function as means of resistance in an imperial setting. By offering a fresh window on the lively interplay between imagination and history, between words and worlds, this volume will be indispensable for anyone seeking to understand current scholarly analysis of the book of Revelation. The contributors are Gregory L. Linton, David E. Aune, David L. Barr, Greg Carey, Paul Duff, Steven J. Friesen, Jan Willem van Henten, Edith M. Humphrey, Jean-Pierre Ruiz, and Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza. Paperback edition is available from the Society of Biblical Literature (

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! As a well-respected author, scholar, and teacher, Dr. David L. Barr now serves as Professor of Religion and chair of the departments of religion, philosophy and classics at Wright State University. Dr. Barr earned his B.A. from Fort Wayne Bible College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Florida State University. His areas of interest include Christian origins, New Testament, apocalyptism, and the Apocalypse of John.

David L. Barr was born in 1942.

David L. Barr has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Bible in American Culture
  2. Cengage Advantage Books
  3. Resources for Biblical Study
  4. Society of Biblical Literature Symposium

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