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date: 16 May 2021

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The book of Revelation is neither a guide to the end of the world nor a handbook of theology. It is a narrative in which John recounts what happened to him on Patmos, describes what he saw and heard when he ascended into the sky/heaven, and recounts the cosmic conflict between the forces of good and evil—an ultimate Holy War. It is thus a complicated narrative, recounting both John’s actions (what happened to him) and the actions he recounts in the stories he tells (what he saw and heard). He functions as both the narrator and as a character in the story. This article explores various techniques used to tell the story, including its genre, structure and plot, temporal and spatial distortions, narrative performance and characterizations, and narrative rhetoric.

Keywords: apocalypse, characterization, closure, genre, narrative performance, narrative rhetoric, plot, point of view structure, temporal distortions

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