- I agree with you that exegesis is first. And in this case the pre-drama,
introductory, didactic statements by John in Rev 1:1, 3 inform us that the events
are shortly to come to pass. So whatever is going on must be in the near
future. And when we look at the NT expectation elsewhere (e.g., Mt 24:34; Heb 8:13;
etc., etc.) we see recurring emphases on some dramatic events about to take
A part of exegesis involves not only the near context but the broader
context. And in this case the broader context involves numerous first Christian texts
that expect the end of the old covenant era.
Furthermore, ever major academic Revelation commentary I read speaks of
John's rather sophisticated, high-level theological exegesis himself. There is a
method in John's madness, you might say. I feel that I am following his
methodology of engaging broader Scripture themes.
My mentioning I would almost have to give a commentary to explain my answers
simply meant to recognize that for every two or three texts I could mention,
there would be contrary analyses. And all of these analyses (including my own!)
come from within broader structural themes. All statements require
interpretation. There are no brute facts. All words occur within contexts. Hence, my
Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr., Th.M., Th.D.
Director, GoodBirth Ministries
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"Serious Studies for Serious Christians"
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