Sociorhetorical interpretation offers an integrated system of analysis promoting rich exploration of a biblical text in terms of its literary and rhetorical textures, its conversations with other available "texts," the social and cultural contexts of its audience, and the ideologies of author and interpreter. In this paper, Rev 14:6–13 is analyzed across the full spectrum of sociorhetorical interpretation in an attempt to discover at each level of the text how John leads his audiences to a certain perception of their surrounding world and how he persuades them to accept his guidance for their responses to that world.

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