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In Reading revelation: A Literary and Theological Commentary biblical scholar Jospeh Trafton considers of the most enigmatic biblical books. As Trafton writes, "If we approach the book with genuine humility, setting aside preconceived notions about what it is supposed to mean and simply listen to it, then we can begin to sense something of its enormous power and beauty.
Examining the Revelation to John in its literary and theological contexts, Trafton finds a text that works through its cultural bounds to offer a world to believers in the here and now.
"Trafton has produced a clear, understandable, insightful reading of the book of Revelation-not an easy task for a book that has left many readers puzzled and confused. One of the particular strengths of Trafton's commentary is his close attention to the structure of John's work and the internal connections between various passages of the book. Readers will also benefit from Trafton's identification of John's extensive indebtedness to the Hebrew Bible for much of his imagery and ideas." ?Mitchell G. Reddish O.L. Walker Professor of Christian Studies and Chair, Department of Religious Studies Stetson University