Aune, Collected Essays

Aune, David E. Apocalypticism, Prophecy and Magic in Early Christianity: Collected Essays. (Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 199). Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2006. Cloth. xii + 482 pp. €119.00. ISBN: 978-3-16-149020-0

David E. Aune, the author of the three-volume Word Biblical Commentary on the Book of Revelation, has also written extensively several very important essays and articles on Revelation. This volume makes available twenty of his essays, including many on Revelation. A very welcome book!

Here is the information provided by the publisher: This book contains a collection of twenty of David E. Aune’s essays on the subjects of apocalypticism, the Apocalypse of John, early Christian prophecy and early Christian magic. Several essays on the Apocalypse of John explore contextual relationships of the Apocalypse to apocalyptic literature from Qumran, Palestinian Jewish apocalyptic, Roman imperial court ceremonial, Greco-Roman revelatory magic and the social setting of the book. Other essays center on aspects of the content and interpretation of the Apocalypse itself by investigating such issues as discipleship, narrative Christology, genre, the problem of God and time, an intertextual reading of the book, the form and function of the proclamations to the seven churches (Rev 2-3), and interpretations of Rev 5 and 17. Essays on early Christian prophecy deal with charismatic exegesis in early Judaism and early Christianity, the relationship between Christian prophecy and the messianic status of Jesus, and the prophetic features found in the Odes of Solomon.

Note at least the following articles:

  • “Understanding Jewish and Christian Apocalyptic (1–12)
  • “From the Idealized Past to the Imaginary Future: Eschatological Restoration in Jewish Apocalyptic Literature,” with Eric Stewart (13–38)
  • “The Apocalypse of John and the Problem of Genre” (39–65)
  • “Following the Lamb: Discipleship in the Apocalypse” (66–78)
  • “Qumran and the Book of Revelation” (79–98)
  • “The Influence of Roman Imperial Court Ceremonial on the Apocalypse of John” (99–119)
  • “An Intertextual Reading of the Apocalypse of John” (120–49)
  • “The Apocalypse of John and Palestinian Jewish Apocalyptic” (150–74)
  • “The Social Matrix of the Apocalypse of John” (175–89)
  • “Stories of Jesus in the Apocalypse of John” (190–211)
  • “The Form and Function of the Proclamations to the Seven Churches (Revelation 2–3)” (212–32)
  • “Revelation 5 as an Ancient Egyptian Enthronement Scene?” (233–39)
  • “Revelation 17: A Lesson in Remedial Reading” (240–49)
  • “The Prophetic Circle of John of Patmos and the Exegesis of Revelation 22:16” (250–60)
  • “God and Time in the Apocalypse of John” (261–79)
  • “The Apocalypse of John and Graeco-Roman Revelatory Magic” (347–67)


  • New Testament Abstracts: 51 (2007), S. 395-396
  • Reference & Research Book News:
  • Journal for the Study of the NT: 29.5 (2007), S. 113 (Nicholas H. Taylor)
  • The Expository Times: 119 (2007), S. 2 (Christopher Tuckett)
  • Review of Biblical Literature (2007) (Lorenzo DiTommasio)

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