A Commentary on the Apocalypse of John

A Commentary on the Apocalypse of John

A Commentary on the Apocalypse of John

A Commentary on the Apocalypse of John

Synopsis

Edmondo Lupieri's main goal in A Commentary on the Apocalypse of John is to introduce readers to the mental and spiritual world of John as both a first-century Jew and a follower of Jesus. The fruit of over ten years of research, a constructive response to postmodern criticism, and an academic best-seller in its Italian edition, Lupieri's commentary offers both new proposals and traditional interpretations to shed light on this complex coda to the biblical message.

In an illuminating preface Lupieri discusses the strange world of the Apocalypse and promises an open commentary, full of original treatments of knotty interpretive problems. Maintaining a strong historical perspective throughout, he examines the text of the Apocalypse line by line, paying careful attention to the Greek text, offering a new translation, making wide use of apocryphal, pseudepigraphal, and Qumran literature, and often analyzing John's Apocalypse as compared to other Jewish apocalypses.

Thoughtful, thorough, and nonsectarian, Lupieri's Commentary on the Apocalypse of John will appeal to anyone with a serious interest in the meaning of the biblical text.

Excerpt

Can a place be found in our culture for the Apocalypse? If ever there were a book brimming with angels and devils, with monsters and catastrophes, with heavenly and supernatural visions, with spiritual journeys through a geocentric and pre-Galileo cosmos, surely it is that of the visionary of Patmos. the book is deeply anchored in an ancient worldview. Moreover, there is no part of the nt so full of threats and scenes of warfare: the blood of the slain reaches the horses’ nostrils, and mercy seems to have given way before the sword. Even the rewards given to the chosen ones, in particular Christ’s famous millennial reign with the resurrected on earth, are problematic for churches rooted in and ordered around the realities of this world. There are indeed many and various reasons why the Christian churches have felt ill at ease with John’s book of prophecy. Throughout the history of the book and of its interpretation, many ecclesiastical authorities have sensed the need to neutralize it before allowing it to be read or heard by people whom they deemed improperly qualified. Conversely, the unrestrained use of the Apocalypse has always accompanied surges of religious enthusiasm that often expressed itself in radical political or social action and sometimes truly did end in blood or fire. There may be few for whom the daily reading of the Bible remains a habit, yet the mystery of the Apocalypse, at the conclusion of the book, still stands and, at the dawn of the third Christian millennium, continues to fascinate the readers. the strange and archaic cadences of its language, the swell of its images, like the waves of a sea moved by distant winds, even the obscurity of its meaning are attractive in themselves.

The Apocalypse is a controversial text that needs to be approached cautiously. Even modern criticism, which rose out of the struggles of the Enlightenment, produced a host of contradictory and irreconcilable interpretative . . .

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