By Ian Boxall
This monograph explores the importance accorded to John's island of Patmos (Rev. 1:9) in the wider reception heritage of the Apocalypse. unlike the fairly scant cognizance paid to John's island in glossy commentaries, this reception-historical survey finds either the larger prominence accorded to Patmos by way of previous interpreters, and the richer variety of readings the textual content has provoked.
These contain curiosity within the actual personality of Patmos and its importance as an island; the date and explanation for John's sojourn there; makes an attempt to find Patmos in a geography that's occasionally extra legendary than literal; the which means of the identify "Patmos" within the context of a biblical ebook which treats different place-names symbolically. This range is supported by way of a detailed examining of Rev. 1:9, which highlights the level to which even its literal experience is extremely ambiguous.
Ian Boxall brings jointly for the 1st time in a coherent narrative quite a lot of interpretations of Patmos, reflecting diverse chronological sessions, cultural contexts, and Christian traditions. Boxall is aware biblical interpretation generally, to incorporate interpretations in biographical traditions approximately John, sermons, liturgy, and visible paintings in addition to biblical commentaries.He additionally considers renowned and marginal readings along magisterial and centrist ones, and attracts analogies among comparable hermeneutical ideas around the centuries. within the ultimate bankruptcy Boxall explores the broader implications of his learn for biblical scholarship, advocating an procedure which inspires use of the mind's eye and reader participation, and which fits with a broader suggestion of 'meaning' than conventional old feedback.
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