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Recent Research on Revelation
Russell S. Morton

Perhaps no other biblical book has been the source of as much consternation to its readers as the Revelation of John of Patmos. Their distress has been accentuated by popular approaches, which often advance sensationalist visions of the future. But did John’s vision focus on the distant future, or was it directed to concerns of his own day? If it was directed to his own situation in Roman Asia Minor, what lasting significance, if any, does it have for people two thousand years after the composition of the work?

Recent Research on Revelation is an ambitious attempt to comprehend the great range of scholarly views on the Apocalypse. Avoiding popular and sensational readings of Revelation, this book outlines how scholars of various stripes grapple with John’s dramatic and often disturbing book. Beginning with a historical survey of scholarly opinion, the book examines the question of what form of literature Revelation is. It then offers an overview of various methods used to interpret the Apocalypse, ranging from traditional historical-critical analysis to feminist and postcolonial criticisms.

The Apocalypse continues to evoke strong reactions in its readers, both positive and negative, from comfort to perplexity to revulsion. At the very least, it stimulates readers’ interest to an extent not surpassed by any other New Testament book. We cannot shut our eyes to John’s vision, for it has had too much impact on who we are, whether Christian or not.

Russell S. Morton is adjunct professor of New Testament at Ashland Theological Seminary (Ashland, OH), Asbury Theological Seminary (Wilmore, KY), and United Theological Seminary (Dayton, OH).

Series: Recent Research in Biblical Studies, 7
978-1-909697-61-4 hardback
Publication October 2014

1. Introduction: An Overview of Earlier Approaches
  Revelation in the Early Church to Joachim of Fiore
  Joachim of Fiore
  Reformation and Post-Reformation Readings
  Emergence of a Critical Approach

2. Of Genre, or, Is Revelation an Apocalypse?
  Earlier Efforts at a Definition
  Response of the Apocalyptic Group of the SBL Genres Project
  Toward a More Satisfactory Definition

3. The Apocalypse against its Ancient Environment:
  Near Eastern, Jewish and Greco-Roman Influences

  Revelation in a History-of-Religions or Tradition-Historical Perspective
     Adela Yarbro Collins
     David E. Aune
     Gregory Stevenson
     Franz Tóth
     Christopher A. Frilingos
     Colin Hemer
     Steven J. Friesen
     Bruce J. Malina
     Jacques M. Chevalier
     Sean Michael Ryan
     Rodney Lawrence Thomas
  Revelation Understood in Terms of its Christian Hebrew Bible
   and Jewish Roots
     Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza
     G.K. Beale
      J ean-Pierre Ruiz
     Jan Fekkes III
     Steve Moyise
     Jon Paulien
     Marko Jauhiainen
     Alan S. Bandy
     Loren T. Stuckenbruck
     Pilchan Lee
     David A. Mathewson
     Håken Ulfgard

4. Literary Perspectives on Revelation
  Literary Analyses
     David L. Barr
     Barbara Rossing
     James L. Resseguie
     Thomas Johann Bauer
     Jean Delorme and Isabelle Donegani
     Antoninus King Wai Siew
     David A. deSilva
     Robert M. Royalty
     W. Gordon Campbell
     Michael Koch

5. Theological and Pacifistic Readings of Revelation
  Theological Readings of Revelation
     Richard Bauckham
     Joseph L. Mangina
     Craig S. Keener
     Felise Tavo
     Richard B. Hayes et al.
Pacifist Readings of the Apocalypse
     Mark Bredin
     J. Nelson Kraybill
     Matthew Streett
     Loren L. Johns

6. ‘Ideological’ Readings of the Apocalypse:
Speaking Self-Consciously from Social Location

  Feminist Readings
     Tina Pippin
     Adela Yarbro Collins
     Catherine Keller
     Lynn R. Huber
     Stephen D. Moore
     Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza
  Political Readings of Revelation: Reading from the Margins
     Allan A. Boesak
     Pablo Richard
     Brian Blount
     David A. Sánchez
     Wes Howard-Brook and Anthony Gwyther
     Greg Carey
     David Rhoads et al.