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Revelation, Book of
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1. Genre and Place in Religious History

As the Book of Revelation itself says in 1:1–2, 9–11, it is a “revelation(apokalypsis) of Jesus Christ that is meant for Christians and is given through “John.” Though being an epistolary work in dialogue with the churches of Asia Minor (1:4, 11), it has predominantly the features of ancient apocalyptic.

The early church used the term “apocalypse” for other Christian texts and for Jewish texts that we…

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Karrer, Martin, “Revelation, Book of”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 06 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_R.66>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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