Four ways in which Revelation is like a letter

  1. There is a standard letter opening in Revelation 1.4-5, similar to Paul’s letter openings.
  2. Chapters 2-3 contain  messages (traditionally called letters) to seven churches in Asia.
  3. Revelation addresses the specific circumstances that the churches were facing.
  4. Revelation ends like an ancient letter, with a concluding blessing in Revelation 22.21.

Sources: various, especially David Aune.

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