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Reading The Form Of The Apocalypse

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This chapter deals with the relationship between the formal features of the apocalypse and the reading experience. In dealing with the determining factors of literariness in the Apocalypse, this chapter looks into the exegetical conventions around the notion of apocalyptic. This includes the degree of the relationship between the apocalypses in general, as well as genre descriptions that tend to be tailored to fit the New Testament apocalypse. In defining the apocalypse, attempts are made at two levels: concern with specifying its characteristics and a desire to pin down how they correspond at large to narratives labelled apocalypses. Even though no other New Testament book appears to be as saturated with the Hebrew Scriptures as the apocalypse, it seems to resist efforts to clarify that relationship.

Keywords: Apocalypse; Hebrew Scriptures; New Testament



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