Looking at this structure, I’m curious if B. W. Longenecker’s thesis about chain links in the text can be seen in other places, or even throughout, in Revelation? [See “Linked like a Chain: Rev. 22:6-9 in Light of Ancient Transition Technique” NTS 47 (2001), pp. 105-17]. Witherington notes that “this technique [is] where one introduces the next topic before concluding the first one and then concludes the former argument or presentation.” [Witherington, Revelation, pg. 17]See also Alan Bandy, The Macro-Structure of Revelation from Bauckham.
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Structure of Revelation
Bauckham, The Theology of the Book of Revelation, pg. 21-22 1:1-8 Prologue 1:9-3:22 Inaugural vision of Christ and seven messages to churches 4:1-5:14 Inaugural vision of heaven leading to three series of sevens and two intercalations 6:1-8:1; 8:3-5 Seven seals 8:2; 8:6-11:19 Seven trumpets 12:1-14:20; 15:2-4 Story of God’s people in conflict with evil 15:1; 15:5-16:21 Seven bowls 17:1-19:10 Babylon the harlot 19:11-21:8 Transition from Babylon to New Jerusalem 21:9-22:5 The New Jerusalem, the Bride 22:6-21 Epilogue