The Bible Companion drops an enormous chunk of Revelation on us this week, almost as though it just wants the Apocalypse to be over. So, there's a double-length NT segment this week as we get stuck in to the narrative and its dual contexts: the Hebrew Bible propets, and the letters to seven early Christian churches that open the book.

This week's Revelation passage even has a rare, legitimate, direct link to another of the week's passages, specifically from Isaiah. Rebirth is the theme of Isaiah, the rebirth of Israel as a nation and a people of God. That in turn complements the 1 Samuel reading rather nicely, as the Deuteronomist starts on the story of the birth of the original Israelite nation.

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References

Baltzer, Klaus; tr. Kohl, Margaret (2001). Deutero-Isaiah: A Commentary on Isaiah 40–55, Hermeneia — A Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press.
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Campbell, Anthony F. (2003). 1 Samuel, The Forms Of The Old Testament Literature. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
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Jobling, David (1998). 1 Samuel, Berit Olam: Studies in Hebrew Narrative & Poetry series. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press.
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Schneider, Tammi J. (2000). Judges, Berit Olam: Studies in Hebrew Narrative & Poetry series. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press.
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Trafton, Joseph L. (2005). Reading Revelation: A Literary and Theological Commentary (Revised Edition), Reading The New Testament series. Macon, GA: Smyth & Helwys Publishing Inc.
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