The Book of Revelation
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The Book of Revelation
The Seven Interpretative Approaches to reading the Book of Revelation
The meaning of revelation is for a past age and lies in the time it was written.
Images are to be understood historically, as things already completed.
-Revelation outlines all that will take place in the future; it is to be understood as a chronological narrative detailing what will take place in the future.
- The future is always understood to be the near future of the present reader.
- This is the interpretive paradigm of the prophecy belief movement.
- The events of history since the time of Revelation can be better understood through reading Revelation.
- The work applies to the future of the time in which the book was written, but to the past from the perspective of the reader.
- A symbolic interpretation of revelation as a narrative work that points to things in time and space.
- Symbols are of archetypal images that touch us profoundly, whether or not we practice the christian belief. (Don't have to believe it to read it, consider it a good story)
- Revelation is a doctrinal work that outlines the plan of salvation in Christ.
- The work is not to be read in any historical or chronological fashion, but is understood best as a treatise that speaks of the nature of the Christian gospel and the moral response to that gospel.
- Also called the Liberationist Approach.
- Revelation calls people to justice and liberation from oppression or persecution.
- It is a document used by the poor of developing nations, by women, by minorities, as inspirational work to encourage the oppressed in their struggle for equality and hope.
- Might be called the "Church" Approach
- a holistic approach to Revelation that offers hope in God to all eras and gives a challenge to respond to that hope.
- Contains elements of all six interpretative paradigms.
+ It Recognizes historical context and sources of the text.
+ Points to a future with God not yet realized.
+ This text has had and will continue to have meaning.
+ Points to things beyond our understanding.
+ There is a personal challenge to the gospel proclaimed.
+ There is a call to a material/political change.
+ Inspiration for the worshipping community.