The New Testament

A Historical and Theological Introduction


41. The Apocalypse

Questions for Review

  1. What is the classical definition of the apocalyptic genre?
  2. What options are there for the authorship of Revelation?
  3. What similar elements do the letters to the seven churches all share?
  4. Why are Justin Martyr’s words about Revelation’s author important for our understanding of Revelation’s background?
  5. What sorts of themes and emphases from the Fourth Gospel are also found within Revelation?
  6. Briefly sketch the primary differences between Revelation and the Gospel of John.
  7. How is Revelation structured, according to the chapter?
  8. According to Aune, what is the most striking literary aspect of Revelation?
  9. What difficulties are there with taking the millennium concept in Revelation literally?
  10. Describe Aune’s three-phase process for the production of Revelation.