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The Intertexture of Apocalyptic Discourse in the New Testament
Duane F. Watson, Watson
SymS 14
Publication Date
November 2002


The essays in this volume identify apocalyptic discourse in the New Testament and examine its intertexture, that is, what the apocalyptic discourse represents, refers to, and uses of phenomena outside itself. Intertexture includes references in the Hebrew Bible, intertestamental texts, and Greco-Roman literature, as well as related social and cultural phenomena. Contributors identify the biblical writer’s selection and use of the intertextural references in argumentative strategies in apocalyptic discourse. They identify topics and argumentation that might be distinctive to apocalyptic discourse, refining the definition of the apocalyptic genre and determining more precisely the social and cultural placement of early Christianity. This volume arises out of a special session of the Rhetoric and the New Testament Section of the Society of Biblical Literature 1999 Annual Meeting.

Duane F. Watson is Professor of New Testament Studies at Malone College in Canton, Ohio.


— Duane F. Watson

The Intertexture of Apocalyptic Discourse in the Gospel of Mark
— Vernon K. Robbins

The Intertexture of Lukan Apocalyptic Discourse
— L. Gregory Bloomquist

The Interaction of Social and Scribal Intertexture in Q’s Apocalyptic Discourse
— Russell B. Sisson

Echoes of Isaiah in the Rhetoric of Paul: New Exodus, Wisdom, and the Humility of the Cross in Utopian-Apocalyptic Expectations
— B. J. Oropeza

Ambivalent Apocalypse: Apocalyptic Rhetoric and Intertextuality in 2 Corinthians
— Edith M. Humphrey

Apocalyptic Discourse in 1 Thessalonians
— James D. Hester

The Apocalyptic Intertexture of the Epistle of James
— Wesley Hiram Wachob

The Oral-Scribal and Cultural Intertexture of Apocalyptic Discourse in Jude and 2 Peter
— Duane F. Watson

Final Topics: The Rhetorical Functions of Intertexture in Revelation 14:14–16:21
— David A. deSilva