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Title: Patmos in the reception history of the Apocalypse
Author: Boxall, Ian Kieran
ISNI:       0000 0003 8344 8013
Awarding Body: Oxford University
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2011
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Abstract:
This thesis undertakes a reception-historical study of Patmos within the wider reception history of the Apocalypse. Whilst most recent critical commentaries pay relatively scant attention to the significance of John's island, this survey of the reception of the relevant passage (Rev. 1:9) reveals both the greater prominence accorded to Patmos by earlier interpreters, and the richer diversity of readings the text has provoked. This potential is anticipated in chapter I, whose close re-reading of Rev. 1:9 highlights the extent to which even its literal sense is highly ambiguous, offering diverse interpretative possibilities ripe for exploration. The bulk of the thesis (chapters 2-7) brings together for the first time in a systematic manner a wide range of interpretations, reflecting different chronological periods, cultural contexts and ecclesial commitments. The material is arranged primarily chronologically, and secondarily thematically, to highlight 'genealogical' relationships between interpreters. Concern for wider reception history (rather than the narrower 'history of interpretation') explains the inclusion of visual as well as verbal interpretations (separately in chapter 7), and of popular and marginal alongside magisterial and mainstream readings. Particularly influential or unusual interpreters are considered in greater depth, with closer attention to biographical questions. The final chapter reflects more explicitly on wider implications for the study of Revelation, and for New Testament scholarship in general. Its main conclusions are: 1) that modern commentators are dependent for their questions and conclusions on very specific strands within the reception history; 2) that 'non-literal' (both allegorical and analogical) readings cannot be so easily dismissed. as unscientific interpretations of Revelation; 3) that reception history challenges historical critics to reconsider the role of the imagination, reader participation, and a broader concept of meaning than focus on historical prolegomena; 4) that Patmos as narrative location may have a more fundamental hermeneutical role in Revelation than often acknowledged.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.550503  DOI: Not available
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