July 22, 2010
Dr. Alan Bandy, OBU Rowena R. Strickland assistant professor of New Testament, recently published the book, "The Prophetic Lawsuit in the Book of Revelation," through Sheffield Phoenix Press. The book reveals the language, metaphors and storyline of the Book of Revelation which evoke a cosmic law court setting.
Bandy said the book is a revision of his dissertation on the book of Revelation which started from a seminar paper he wrote on the "witness" terminology in John's Apocalypse.
"What I discovered was that the language of ‘witness' is drawn from the forensic setting in the same sense where we refer to a ‘witness' in a law court," Bandy said. "The more I investigated the legal terminology in Revelation, the more I realized that it is a consistent feature that runs throughout the book. Many articles and commentaries allude to this feature, but no one has argued that it is a motif."
Bandy said his research prompted him to write his dissertation tracing the "lawsuit" motif of Revelation -- a motif which is not unique to Revelation but is common in Old Testament prophetic literature.
"I argue that John is writing to believers who may face the legal threat of persecution by being denounced in a law court," Bandy said. "He writes to encourage them to remain faithful to Christ even if it means death, because God will ultimately reverse the unjust judgments of the earthly courts when he holds the nations on trial and judges them. John's vision is framed as a cosmic lawsuit that results in the just verdict of judgment against the wicked and the saints are vindicated."
In the book, juridical metaphors of a legal contest between the faithful witnesses and the "accuser of the brethren" are intertwined with images of holy war. "The Prophetic Lawsuit in the Book of Revelation" is the first full-length study drawing together the diverse evidence and reading the book through the lens of the controlling metaphor of the lawsuit.
Bandy earned his bachelor's degree from Clear Creek Baptist Bible College, his master's degree from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary and his doctorate from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He joined OBU's School of Christian Service faculty in the fall of 2009. Before arriving at OBU, he served as assistant director of Ph.D. studies for Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and as an adjunct professor of biblical and theological studies in Liberty University's Distance Learning Program. He also served as assistant professor of Christian Studies at Louisiana College.
Bandy has served in several ministerial church positions including pastor of Teachey Baptist Church in Teachy, N.C., pastor to students at National Avenue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tenn., and pastor to children/youth at Calvary Baptist in Loyall, Ky.
"The Prophetic Lawsuit in the Book of Revelation" is available through Sheffield Phoenix Press at http://www.sheffieldphoenix.com/ or http://www.amazon.com/.