"Linked like a chain": Rev 22.6-9 in the light of an Ancient Transition Technique

Bruce Ward Longenecker

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Abstract

Rev 22.69 exhibits an elaborate structure. Fundamental to its structural complexity is the rhetorical technique of chain-link construction, discussed by both Lucian of Samosata and Quintilian. Appearing in at least three other passages in the Johannine apocalypse, this transition device involves a back-and-forth (AbaB) arrangement of ideas that has not been adequately appreciated in modern scholarship. Rev 22.69 has occasionally been characterised as the product of a second-rate or irregular mind. In fact, however, these verses evidence a structural feature commended by ancient rhetoricians concerned with presentational clarity and force.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-117
Number of pages13
JournalNew Testament Studies
Volume47
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2001

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