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18 The Place of the Book of Revelation in a New Testament Theology

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The Book of Revelation is amenable to historical questions, but these offer less for the interpretation of apocalyptic literature than for more historical parts of the New Testament. Some New Testament theologies simply ignore the Book of Revelation, as do some surveys of New Testament ethics, a section of New Testament theology often treated separately for the sake of convenience. How and how much the Book of Revelation contributes to interpreters' ideas and ideals evidently varies, and this variety is likely to be reflected in the structure of New Testament theologies. The names of the discipline imply that New Testament theologies are canon-bound, in the sense that they survey the theological material of all twenty-seven canonical writings, on the assumption that these "have something to say" to contemporary faith communities.

Keywords: Book of Revelation; New Testament theology



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