I am doing this work in stages, deciding that going chapter by chapter is too taxing and would likely lead to writer’s block.
The first stage is to take each of the chapters of Revelation (22) and turn them into lyrical prayers or meditative stanzas at the very least. The second stage will be to go back and write the (what I am calling for now) summa material. This will include reflections, theological interactions, and limited “this is what scholarship says.”
If you have read Beale and Carson’s work on the use of the Old Testament in the New, then you will note the high use not only of the canonical Old Testament but so too the deuterocanon as well as other books like Enoch in Revelation. In working through stage 1, my goal is to use these other books — the literary sources for Revelation — as responses or secondary stanzas. That means I am using works like Tobit and the Maccabean books, not to mention a few more.
Also, I have to mention the altar above the dead (the souls of the dead crying out) as well as the role the dead seem to play throughout the book. Then, there is chapter 12… a chapter clearly meant to represent Mary. My thinking here was to somehow incorporate the Hail Mary into this, but I am unsure if this will ultimately find acceptance with Protestants. Of course, Lutherans have a Rosary too.
Those who would find value in this book may not limit themselves to evangelical Protestantism, however, and may appreciate something of finding Mary in chapter 12.
Also, I loved what I was able to see come out of chapter 5.
- Book Announcement “The Mystic’s Revelation: Praying John’s Apocalypse” (It’s mine, so the title may change) (unsettledchristianity.com)