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Critical Orientation

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This chapter presents a critical reading of the Apocalypse within biblical exegesis. It combines the text and its formal elements with the mind processes that produce and consume it. Such mind processes activate cognitive real-life and historical frames, personal and cultural. The chapter analysis of the Apocalypse as a literary artefact that depicts divine revelation and thus induces a narrative experience, the author wish to underscore the properties of the text that have not received due attention in traditional historical and source critical approaches. The chapter focuses on the Apocalypse from the vantage point of orality and its narrative aspects - aspects often disregarded in favour of a search for theological clarity, dogmatic authority or historical reality. It illustrates how the forceful mind-pictures of the Apocalypse have a decisive cognitive appeal to the narratee and render the content of the text notable and monumental.

Keywords: Apocalypse; biblical exegesis

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