Analysis Of The Book ' Revelation '

1272 WordsNov 19, 20156 Pages
Written in a culture divergent and foreign to modern audiences, the Book of Revelation is a challenging text to interpret. With rich symbolism and visions, which were intrinsic to the first hearers, this book is classified under the label of an Apocalypse. Apocalyptic literature, often ornamented with intricate visions, symbolism and numerology, is a classification of cataclysmic Jewish writings which incorporate impressions of heaven. The term Apocalypse is translated into ‘revelation’ or ‘unveiling’ (Keener 31). Composed of numerous allusion to the Old Testament, the Book of Revelation was originally sent to the seven churches in Asia Minor to be read in the context of liturgy concerning the imminent future (Filho, 214). That being said, it is important to understand the book of Revelation not only through the historical perspective but also as a liturgical context as it contains many hymns and other liturgical elements (Filho, 214). This paper will explore Revelation 4:1-11 in terms of context, Old Testament allusions, liturgical symbolism and modern significance, as it is a beautiful depiction of earth joining perpetual heavenly worship. According to Keener, the central message of the book of Revelation is the encouragement of Christians facing persecution in Asia Minor (Keener 39). Historical context and biblical allusions are crucial to the interpretation of the Book of Revelation as seventy percent of the content found in the Book of Revelation is a parallel to the
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