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Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Book of Revelation

Daniel Stramara, who has written several reviews for Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies, teaches at the Jesuit-run Rockhurt University, where he has done scholarly work on any number of issues and people important to Eastern Christians. Especially noteworthy is a recent article on the baffling Roman decision to delete the title "Patriarch of the West" from the Annuario Pontificio; and his many articles devoted to St. Gregory of Nyssa, about whom numerous recent publications have emerged

Stramara has a new book out devoted to what is arguably the most hermeneutically difficult and controversial text in the New Testament canon, one often abused by those engaging in prognostications on the cheap: the book of Revelation.

Daniel F. Stramara, God's Timetable: The Book of Revelation and the Feast of Seven Weeks  (Pickwick Publications, 2011), 202pp.

About this book, the publisher provides the following blurb:
Sets of seven. 666. The Whore of Babylon and the Seven-headed Beast. How would first-century readers have heard these things? One can get at an answer by asking, How does the Book of Revelation compare with contemporaneous Jewish apocalypses? God's Timetable unlocks the hitherto unseen Jewish background to the Apocalypse based on the seven weeks leading up to Pentecost, the Harvest Feast. The meaning of Revelation suddenly becomes clearer. Stramara situates the Book of Revelation in its original context as a prophetic work regarding the end of the world, the final harvest, and Jesus as the fulfillment of expectations.

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