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Patmos in the Reception History of the Apocalypse
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Patmos in the Reception History of the Apocalypse

Ian Boxall


This monograph explores the significance accorded to St John’s island of Patmos (Rev. 1:9) within the wider reception history of the Apocalypse. In contrast to the relatively scant attention paid to John’s island in modern commentaries, this reception-historical survey reveals both the greater prominence accorded to Patmos by earlier interpreters, and the richer diversity of readings the text has provoked. These include interest in the physical character of Patmos and its significance as an island; the date and reason for John’s sojourn there; attempts to locate Patmos in a geography which is ... More

Keywords: patmos, reception history, apocalypse, st john, island, art, biblical interpretation, imagination, new testament

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199674206
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199674206.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Boxall, author
Senior Tutor and Tutorial Fellow in New Testament, St Stephen's House, Oxford