Revelation resources -- The Structure of Revelation

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Description: This page deals with one of the most controversial, but also important issues as regards the interpretation of Revelation, namely the structure of Revelation. This issue has two aspects: First, the question of the textual organisation of Revelation (i.e. its "outline"), and, second, the relationship between the text and the events to which the text refers. (July 29th, 2000)

The structure ("outline") of Revelation

Various strategies for analysis of this issue have been proposed. Some very good places to start are the dissertations by Kempson and Mazzaferri, and the introductory chapter in Bauckham. Mazzaferri's analysis of the outline is very good, although some refinements may be made. Bauckham argues that Revelation is designed for reading, which means that the structural markers must be aurally. Among the most important aurally structural markers are the numbers. In his commentary, J. R. Michaels, among others, further argues that the so-called interlude in chapter 7 is not really an interlude. This may suggest that the analysis of the structure of Revelation should pay careful attention to the numberings as structural markers as well as reconsider the whole concept of interludes. Professor Felix Just has compiled some five different proposals of Revelation outlines as well as given his own at This is a good on-line place to start.

The narrative structure of Revelation

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