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The Book of Revelation Justice and Judgment No part of the Bible and its interpretation is more controversial than the book of Revelation The book of Revelation is the last profound book in the New Testament It conveys the significant purpose of Christianity by describing Gods plan for the world and his final judgment of the people by reinforcing the importance of faith and the concept of Christianity as a whole This book was written by John in 95 or 96 AD What is what has been and what is to come is the central focus of the content in Revelation Literalist fundamentalists read Revelations multivalent visions as predictions of doom and threat of punishment for the many and salvation for the elect few Scholarly scientific readings seek to translate the books ambiguity into one-to-one meanings and to transpose its language of symbol and myth into description and facts In Elisabeth Schssler Fiorenzas The Book of Revelation Justice and Judgment a third way of reading Revelation is depicted The collection of essays in this book seeks to intervene in scholarly as well as popular discourses on the apocalypse from a liberationist feminist perspective The first two parts of the book discuss the kind of theological-historical perspective and ecclesial situation that determines the form-content configuration of Revelation The first section attempts to assess the theological commonality to and differences from Jewish apocalypticism Fiorenza focuses of the problem that although Revelation claims to be a genuinely Christian book and has found its way into the Christian canon it is often judged to be more Jewish than Christian and not to have achieved the heights of genuinely early Christian theology In the second part of the book Fiorenza seeks to assess whether and how much Revelation shares in the theological structure of the Fourth Gospel Fiorenza proposes that a careful analysis of Revelation would suggest that Pauline Johannine and Christian apocalyptic-prophetic traditions and circles interacted
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