Rhetorical Analysis: The Book Of Revelation

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This week’s reading was an overview of the previous weeks. Pagels’ contribution for this week was decidedly brief, thus, I will begin there. Pagels gave her concluding remarks on her study of the Book of Revelation. She pointed out that John’s use of generic characteristics for the evils surrounding his visions instead of specific events led to Revelation being used in various ways. Essentially, its unethical use created outsiders due to its polarizing images and motifs. Yet, hope also rings when it is used to speak to the minority even when the majority normally controls orthodoxy. Pagels’ comprehensive study of Revelation and the cultures which perpetuated its making and canonization provided important perspective for me in regard to any future exegenesis I may encounter.
A rhetorical analysis, such as Fiorenza’s study of Revelation, provided me with a similar ethical consideration for exegenesis. Rhetorical analysis, as she emphasized, looks to reestablish the link between the apocalyptic text and the sociocultural context in which it was created. Additionally, it reconstructs the situation experienced by the author and their audience. For John of Patmos and his audience, their context was the widening gap between the rich and poor in Asia Minor which Fiorenza speculated was
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She pointed out that even the term apocalypse did not have an agreed upon universal meaning prior to the twentieth century, as proofed by the various tapestries, glass work, and more from the middles ages onward. Despite the argument that recent popular culture came to a more concise understanding and definition for apocalypse, the art forms are just as complex and imaginatively engaging as the earlier art forms. Today’s artists relate the apocalyptic images of Revelation using mediums from popular music and movies to video games and