Revelation resources -- Revelation and narrative criticism

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Description: This page refers to some recent works applying more or less strictly a narrative critical methodology to the study of Revelation. (July 29th, 2000)


Barr, David L. Tales of the End: A Narrative Commentary on the Book of Revelation. Santa Rosa, California: PolebridgePress, 1998.

In this book, Barr applies narratological theory to the analysis of Revelation. As an attempt of narrative critical interpretation, it deserves to be read. However, Barr fails to pay sufficient attention to the historical and biblical context and also provides a less than convincing outline of Revelation. Barr's study is therefore more an interesting example of narrative critical analysis than a reliable guide to the interpetation of Revelation and its theology. (July 29th, 2000)

See also the review by Rusell Morton in Review of Biblical Literature

Resseguie, James L. Revelation Unsealed: A Narrative Critical Approach to John's Apocalypse. (Biblical Interpretation Series, 32). Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1998.

Also published in 1998, Resseguie likewise provides a narrative critical analysis of Revelation. In many ways, Resseguie's methodology is less explicit than Barr's, but he provides quite many very useful observations and should receive careful attention. Barr's and Resseguie's analyses illustrate that a narrative critical approach may result in quite different interpretations. However, interesting as both studies are, they definitely call for more analyses of this sort, perhaps providing a possibility for Revelation scholarship to advance further. (July 29th, 2000)

See also the review by Rusell Morton in Review of Biblical Literature


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