David deSilva, Socio-Rhetorical Criticism

A very prolific scholar is professor David (Arthur) deSilva. Lately, I mentioned one of his recent articles here. However, there is more, much more. I will return to deSilva’s contributions later. Here I will call attention to the article that deSilva published recently:

deSilva, David Arthur. “What Has Athens To Do With Patmos? Rhetorical Criticism of the Revelation of John (1980-2005).” Currents in Biblical Research 6, no. 2 (2008): 256-89.

deSilva has published several articles on Revelation since 1991. Sometimes this means that a commentary is in preparation. And indeed! His homepage reveals:

A Socio-rhetorical Commentary on the Revelation of John (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, [to be submitted to the publisher in] 2008).

Personally, I look very much forward to yet another socio-rhetorical commentary, in addition to the one by Ben Witherington.

Additional works by deSilva on Revelation: deSilva, David Arthur. “The ‘Image of the Beast’ and the Christians in Asia Minor: Escalation of Sectarian Tension in Revelation 13.” Trinity Journal 12 (1991): 185-208.

________. “The Revelation to John: A Case Study in Apocalyptic Propaganda and the Maintenance of Sectarian Identity.” Sociological Analysis 53 (1992): 375-95.

________. “The Social Setting of the Revelation to John: Conflicts Within, Fears Without?” Westminster Theological Journal 54 (1992): 273-302.

________. “Honor Discourse and the Rhetorical Strategy of the Apocalypse of John.” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 21, no. 71 (1998): 79-110.

________. “A Socio-Rhetorical Investigation of Revelation 14:6-13: A Call to Act Justly Toward the Just and Judging God.” Bulletin for Biblical Research 9 (1999): 65-117.

________. “Final Topics: The Rhetorical Functions of Intertexture in Revelation 14:14-16:21.” Pages 215-41 in The Intertexture of Apocalyptic Discourse in the New Testament. Edited by Duane F. Watson. Atlanta, Georgia: Society of Biblical Literature, 2002.

________. “X Marks the Spot? A Critique of the Use of Chiasm in Macro-Structural Analyses of Revelation to John.” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 30 (2008): 343-71.

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