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Who Rides the Beast?: Prophetic Rivalry and the Rhetoric of Crisis in the Churches of the Apocalypse

Paul B. Duff


Owing to its powerful anti‐Roman polemic, the book of Revelation was traditionally thought to have been written to encourage believers to stand fast in the face of the Roman persecution. Recent scholarship, however, has undermined the scenario of Roman persecution. This book examines the social situation that gave rise to the production of the book of Revelation. Duff suggests that the book did not arise from persecution or harassment but rather it was written in response to an internal crisis of leadership. The book's anti‐Roman polemic was intended to manufacture a crisis in the minds of its ... More

Keywords: anti‐Roman polemic, book of Revelation, early Christianity, John, New Testament, Revelation, Roman, Roman persecution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195138351
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/019513835X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul B. Duff, author
George Washington University
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