Seeing Things John's Way
The emotionally evocative power of the book of Revelation has been often noted and experienced by interpreters, but until now it has never been systematically explored. The strange visions of the book of Revelation provide some of the most difficult...
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The emotionally evocative power of the book of Revelation has been often noted and experienced by interpreters, but until now it has never been systematically explored. The strange visions of the book of Revelation provide some of the most difficult passages of the New Testament, yet Christians have long been fascinated by its power and provocative pronouncements. David deSilva analyzes how the book argues and persuades us to see the world through the eyes of John, and suggests that the study of ancient rhetoric is particularly valuable in understanding the book of Revelation. deSilva interprets the book of Revelation as a rhetorical and communicative strategy to persuade a particular audience for specific goals. Throughout this analysis, he pursues John's construction of his own authority, John's use of emotion and logic, and his attempt to shape the formation of the reader. Despite the complexities of Revelation, deSilva has produced a remarkably clear text sure to cause readers to rethink their view of Revelation.
David A. deSilva (PhD., Emory University) is Distinguished' Professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio. He is the author of numerous books including 4 Maccabees (Septuagint Commentary Series); the forthcoming 1 Peter (Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity Series), II Corinthians (New Covenant Commentary), Galatians (New International Commentary on the New Testament), Jude (Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament), Revelation (Socio-Rhetorical Commentaries), An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods & Ministry Formation; Introducing the Apocrypha: Context, Message and Significance; New Testament Themes; Perseverance in Gratitude: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews; Honour, Patronage, Kinship and Purity: Unlocking New Testament Culture, and The Hope of Glory: Honour Discourse and New Testament Interpretation. He holds ordination in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.