The Testimony of the Exalted Jesus: The 'Testimony of Jesus' in the Book of Revelation

The Testimony of the Exalted Jesus: The 'Testimony of Jesus' in the Book of Revelation

by Sarah Underwood Dixon, Chris Keith (Editor)

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Overview

The interpretation of the phrase 'the testimony of Jesus' in the Book of Revelation has been the centre of much debate, with no clear consensus regarding its meaning. One of the most important but often neglected issues is whether or not the phrase can be read consistently across each instance of its occurrence. The opening lines of the Apocalypse clearly specify that 'the testimony of Jesus' is a moniker for the book of Revelation itself, indicating that the phrase is an internal self-reference to the book's own message. Nevertheless, most interpreters are reluctant to apply this interpretation to the phrase in other parts of the book, leading to varied and inconsistent interpretations of the phrase.

Following the intratextual pattern of the apocalyptic books of Daniel and 1 Enoch we can see that it is entirely possible that 'the testimony of Jesus' is a reference to Revelation's own message, an interpretation which is then supported by Dixon's in-depth study of each of the passages in which the phrase occurs. The exploration of the rhetorical impact of interpreting the phrase in this way shows that 'the testimony of Jesus' is not just another title for John's writing, but is something that is given to and even characterizes those who hear the message of the Apocalypse.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780567685360
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 11/29/2018
Series: The Library of New Testament Studies
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

Sarah Underwood Dixon is an Affiliated Lecturer for the University of Cambridge, UK.

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
Ch. 1: Introduction
Ch. 2: Internal Self-References
Ch. 3: 'The Testimony of Jesus' in Revelation 1.9
Ch. 4: 'The Testimony of Jesus' in Revelation 12.17
Ch. 5: 'The Testimony of Jesus' in Revelation 19.10
Ch. 6: 'The Testimony of Jesus' in Revelation 20.4
Ch. 7: 'The Testimony of Jesus' and Related Language
Ch. 8: Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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