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Seeing Things John's Way: The Rhetoric of the Book of Revelation

by David A. DeSilva

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Overall, this book is a great achievement for its author. A marvelous compendium of information on the Apocalypse, its indexes are thorough, the bibliography is useful, and it makes the methodology of rhetorical criticism accessible to all. The publisher says this book will "redefine" the study of Revelation. I doubt that, but all scholars in the field will need to deal with it.
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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.

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