Book Details

 The Ending of the Canon: A Canonical and Intertextual Reading of Revelation 21-22 (by Külli Tõniste)
The Library of New Testament Studies 526
Published: 02-25-2016
ISBN: 9780567657954


Revelation studies have been typically characterised by two very different types of study emanating from academia and the church. Academia has been engaged in historical critical and source critical studies which typically dissect the text. Whilst the methods used in the church treat Revelation as scripture and keep the text intact, these approaches often lack the tools for sound interpretation. Tõniste observes the need for a more holistic and thoughtful methodology to study Revelation. 

Tõniste develops an approach that respects Revelation as a part of Christian scripture composed by and for the church, whilst simultaneously making use of respected modern academic methods that support unity (literary, canonical, and narrative criticism, intertextuality, and canonical location) to arrive at theologically sensible and satisfying interpretations. The basic key to unlocking the mysteries of Revelation lies in its abundant use of intertextuality, an area that remains still under-researched. This integrated methodology is explored through a reading of Revelation 21-22.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Toward a Methodology for a Theological Reading of Revelation
Chapter 2: Genre and Literary Structure of Revelation
Chapter 3: Intertextual Vorbild of Revelation
Chapter 4: Revelation 21–22 as the Ending of the Canon
Chapter 5: Summary