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Wilhelm Bousset’s Commentary on Revelation and Hermeneutical Perspectives on the Revelation of John

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This chapter investigates the groundbreaking commentary of Wilhelm Bousset on the Revelation of John from a hermeneutical perspective. It does so by surveying its nature, contents and ideological leanings. The Book of Revelation is often stereotyped as one of the most inaccessible texts in the New Testament (NT). The fact is, however, that already from early times and especially since the Enlightenment, the book generated excellent commentaries on the field of Biblical Studies that provided illuminating information about the literary and the historical nature of the text. Bousset's own method, the "History of Religion" approach, further addressed some limitations of scholarship in his time. Bousset's methodology for interpreting Revelation determined the NT as a discipline. His insights on this matter led to its application in the rest of the study of the NT, thus becoming the starting point of this development in the field.

Keywords: Book of Revelation; History of Religion; John; New testament (NT); Wilhelm Bousset



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