‘TWAALF HONDERD EN SESTIG DAE’ LANK IN DIE KRISIS. OM DIE BOEK OPENBARING TE LEES DEUR `N NUWE BRIL

Jan A Du Rand

Abstract


‘Twelve Hundred and Sixty Days’ in a crisis. Reading Revelation through new glasses

Recent New Testament research witnesses a growing actuality of the book of Revelation. The applicability of the message of Revelation to the South African situation stems from a new reading of this book. Firstly, it is to be read within a new holistic paradigm, taking into consideration the comprehensive social framework of meaning in a community. Revelation should be read as dramatic narrative in which the reader becomes involved in the performative use of language (parole). And, with that in mind the structure of revelation can be compared with a music composition in three acts. The social context and rhetorical situation are functionally reflected in the language which serves as a catharsis in assuring that God is in control of church, cosmos and history. 

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Book of Revelation; South Africa; Dramatic narative

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/36-0-1818

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