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John, Apocalypse of/Book of Revelation
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I. Exegesis – II. Art History

I. Exegesis

1. Historical issues

a. Authorship

The author of Revelation or the Apocalypse repeatedly tells us in the framework of his book that his name is John (1:1, 4, 9; 22:8). This, together with the frequent use of first-person verb forms that regularly punctuate the vision narratives, underscores the author's role as witness to the revelatory visions he narrates, a strategy typical of early Jewish apocalypses (Apocalypse). The pseudonymous character of all early Jewish apocaly…

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Aune, David E. and Arnulf, Arwed, “John, Apocalypse of/Book of Revelation”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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