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The Book of Revelation: A Written Text Towards the Oral Performance

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The Book of Revelation is a written composition, fruit of the creative moment of the artist who uses the quill and papyrus to immortalize his work, and it is transmitted as such. Therefore, throughout the work the author insists that the origin and content does not come from word of mouth, but through the written text on a scroll. In the light of this study, the Book of Revelation presents a close relationship between orality and literacy. Writing plays an important role in faithfully conserving the revelation, making it possible for the message to be passed down through time intact. The use of various devices of orality permits the message to be received effectively. Not only does the oral style make it easier for the narrative to be followed, but it also, principally by use of the apostrophe, ensures that the message to the reader is continually refreshed.

Keywords: Book of Revelation; literacy; oral performance

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