Apocalyse: The Book of Revelation
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Jacques Ellul, Apocalypse: The Book of Revelation, Seabury Press: New York.,
This commentary is not the usual verse by verse analysis of a book of the
Bible. Instead, the author intends for The Book of Revelation to be read as
a whole and this reading is based on a christological view. Ellul relies on
the structure of the book to emphasize the dialectical tensions that are
present. In doing so he discusses five divisions:
Division one (chapters
2-3) in tension with Division five (21-22:5).
Division two (5-7) in tension
with division four (14:6-20:15).
Division three is the focal point of the
work and links I and V with II and IV.
According to the author, division
three describes the incarnation, death and resurrection of Christ which the
author believes to be the central point. The Apocalypse as a whole is the
reflection of Christ in redemption history.
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