Heavenly Chorus: The Germatic Function of Revelation's Hymns

Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. No.381


By: Justin Jeffcoat Schedtler
January 2015
Mohr Siebeck
Distributed by Coronet Books
ISBN: 9783161531262
401 Pages
$152.50 Paper original


The claim that Revelation’s hymns function as did Classical tragic choral lyrics insofar as they comment upon or interpret the surrounding narrative has become axiomatic in studies of Revelation.
Justin Jeffcoat Schedtler marks an advance in this line of inquiry by offering an exegetical analysis of Revelation’s hymns alongside a presentation of the forms and functions of ancient tragic choruses and choral lyrics. Evaluating the hymns in light of the varieties and complexities of ancient tragic choruses, he demonstrate that they are not best evaluated in terms of choral lyrics generally, but in terms of dramatic hymns in particular, insofar as they constitute mythological-theological reflections on the surrounding narrative, and function to situate the surrounding dramatic activity in a particular mythological-theological contexts.