The Book of Revelation

  1. Preterite Reading
    • The meaning of revelation is for a past age and lies in the time it was written.
    • Images are to be understood historically, as things already completed.
  2. Futurist Reading
    • -Revelation outlines all that will take place in the future; it is to be understood as a chronological narrative detailing what will take place in the future.
    • - The future is always understood to be the near future of the present reader.
    • - This is the interpretive paradigm of the prophecy belief movement.
  3. Historicist Reading
    • - The events of history since the time of Revelation can be better understood through reading Revelation.
    • - The work applies to the future of the time in which the book was written, but to the past from the perspective of the reader.
  4. Literary Reading
    • - A symbolic interpretation of revelation as a narrative work that points to things in time and space.
    • - Symbols are of archetypal images that touch us profoundly, whether or not we practice the christian belief. (Don't have to believe it to read it, consider it a good story)
  5. Theological Reading
    • - Revelation is a doctrinal work that outlines the plan of salvation in Christ.
    • - The work is not to be read in any historical or chronological fashion, but is understood best as a treatise that speaks of the nature of the Christian gospel and the moral response to that gospel.
  6. Idealist Reading
    • - Also called the Liberationist Approach.
    • - Revelation calls people to justice and liberation from oppression or persecution.
    • - It is a document used by the poor of developing nations, by women, by minorities, as inspirational work to encourage the oppressed in their struggle for equality and hope.
  7. Ecclesiastical Reading
    • - Might be called the "Church" Approach
    • - a holistic approach to Revelation that offers hope in God to all eras and gives a challenge to respond to that hope.
    • - Contains elements of all six interpretative paradigms.
    • + It Recognizes historical context and sources of the text.
    • + Points to a future with God not yet realized.
    • + This text has had and will continue to have meaning.
    • + Points to things beyond our understanding.
    • + There is a personal challenge to the gospel proclaimed.
    • + There is a call to a material/political change.
    • + Inspiration for the worshipping community.
Card Set
The Book of Revelation
The Seven Interpretative Approaches to reading the Book of Revelation