Journals Higher Education



Published: 13 February 1997

288 Pages | 1 map

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195115802

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The Book of Revelation

Apocalypse and Empire

Leonard L. Thompson

In this original study of The Book of Revelation, Thompson examines the importance of the genre apocalypse, analyzes in detail the form and structure of the Revelation, its narrative and metaphoric unity, the world created through John of Patmos's visions, and the social conditions of the empire in which John wrote. He offers an intriguing interpretation of the role of boundaries in Revelation, a reassessment of the reign of the Emperor Domitian, and a view of tribulation that integrates the literary vision of Revelation with the reality of the lives of ordinary people in a Roman province. Throughout the book, Thompson argues that the language of Revelation joins the ordinary to the extra-ordinary, earth to heaven, and local conditions to supra-human processes.