Not just because I get quoted on Dave Wainscott’s blog (Gustavo Martin pointed it out to me - in connection with his article on Register Analysis in Mark 13 ), but because there is also a great example of how the narrative/historical can be applied to contemporary belief and practice, I offer the following link to Rob Bell on Revelation, also on Dave Wainscott’s blog.
Rob Bell’s historically detailed address does challenge my own growing conviction, reinforced by Kenneth L. Gentry’s ‘Before Jerusalem Fell’, that Revelation was written before the AD 70 fall of Jerusalem, in the time of Nero, and prefigures that fall. It also challenges the preterist belief that the imminent time-frame references within Revelation require a pre-AD 70 composition, that event, they contend, being of central significance in Revelation (unless, as Bell suggests, the apocalyptist had been carrying the letter around in his pocket for a long time).
So if you’ve got a spare 56 minutes or so, enjoy Rob Bell at his historicist finest, in full flow, without notes, in some stimulating (if unsubstantiated, and therefore dodgy?) history, half of the peroration being an exhortation to present day practice. Also, apologies that I didn’t post this on the OST ‘Good Vibrations’ section, which is where it strictly belongs.