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Title: * Elusive Apocalypse: Reading Authority in the Revelation to John
Author: Carey, Greg
Publisher: Mercer University Press; Publication Date: 1999
Paperback; ISBN: 9780865546325
Volumes: 1; Pages: 224
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Elusive Apocalypse examines how the Book of Revelation constructs narrative and religious authority through "John," its ever-present narrative voice. Tensions within Revelation's construction of narrative and religious authority fuel conflicts over its interpretation. Analysis of popular and scholarly reading of the Apocalypse, complemented by autobiographical reflection, reveals that authority is a critical issue for contemporary interpreters. As John articulates his own authority, he must also silence competing voices from the Empire, the larger society, local Jewish communities, and even some members of his audience.
Elusive Apocalypse proposes narrative ethos as a model for evaluating John's rhetoric. Taken together, the resources of classical rhetoric, modern literary analysis, and postcolonial criticisms elucidate how ancient apocalyptic visionaries like John legitimated their radical claims.
Revelation stands in liminal territory. It embodies resistance to oppressive structures on the basis of an egalitarian vision, calling all "servants" of God to join John in his resistance. To share with John, however, means to subordinate oneself to his vision. Somewhere between partnership and domination the readers of the Apocalypse also stand. They must decide whether and how to respond to this extraordinary vision.
Table of Contents
1 Authority of and in the Apocalypse
2 Narrative Ethos: Reading Authority
3 Apocalyptic Ethos
4 John's Narrative Ethos: Self-Representation
5 John's Narrative Ethos: Representation of Opponents
6 Negotiating Ethos?
Index of Ancient Texts