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More than any other New Testament text, the apocalypse is continually part of societal discourse, in both religious and secular contexts. The apparent popularity of the discerned themes of the Apocalypse tends to fall back on a fascination with envisioned power struggles, in accordance with a long tradition of expected celestial scenarios coinciding with terrestrial events. The validity of the traditional methods notwithstanding, this study favours an experientiality approach. Fludernik points out that most narratives operate on four experiential cognitive parameters or models that evoke a real-life impression. The reporting model operates on the basis of real-life authentication through a witness report and therefore undermines the necessary distinction between the historical person as witness of an incident and the narrator of that incident - this corresponds to the I-narrator of the apocalypse.

Keywords: Apocalypse; Fludernik; New Testament text



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