The Metaphor of the City in the Apocalypse of John

Author: Eva Maria Räpple

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9780820470832

Category: Religion

Page: 279

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Throughout history, the vision of a new city - the heavenly Jerusalem coming down from heaven - has inspired human beings to dream about community, society, and the world. Acting as an incentive to turn unsatisfied longing into utopian ideas and, ultimately, action, the language of the Apocalypse of John has long inspired human imagination in a highly effective manner. This fact has contributed to its controversial role in the history of New Testament interpretation; its bizarre, often paradoxical language seems to veil, rather than reveal, its message. Interestingly, the Apocalypse has never ceased to be an inspiration for artists: unlike conceptual language, art does not restrict interpretation, but has the power to incite the reader or audience to imagine. Using artistic expression as paradigm, this book examines a central image - the city - as metaphorical material, investigating the dynamic, interpretive process from text to imagination.

The Throne Motif in the Book of Revelation

Author: Laszlo Gallusz

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0567478149

Category: Religion

Page: 336

View: 2929


This book argues that the throne motif constitutes the major interpretive key to the complex structure and theology of the book of Revelation. In the first part of the book, Gallusz examines the throne motif in the Old Testament, Jewish literature and Graeco-Roman sources. He moves on to devote significant attention to the throne of God texts of Revelation and particularly to the analysis of the throne-room vision (chs. 4&5), which is foundational for the development of the throne motif. Gallusz reveals how Revelation utilizes the throne motif as the central principle for conveying a theological message, since it appears as the focus of the author from the outset to the climax of the drama. The book concludes with an investigation into the rhetorical impact of the motif and its contribution to the theology of Revelation. Gallusz finally shows that the throne, what it actually represents, is of critical significance both to Revelation's theism and to God's dealing with the problem of evil in the course of human history.

The Mandate of the Church in the Apocalypse of John

Author: Olutola K. Peters

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9780820474618

Category: Religion

Page: 167

View: 1930


"The Mandate of the Church in the Apocalypse of John" fills a gap in the scholarly literature on the Apocalypse of John by offering a comprehensive discussion of what the Church is called upon to be and do. It delineates various tasks and functions of the Church, showing how they relate to one another and also how they are all unified under the mandate to provide faithful witness to Jesus. With its strong emphasis on the ethical concerns of the Apocalypse, this book challenges the view that John's Apocalypse is sub-Christian in its ethics.

Like a Bride Adorned

Reading Metaphor in John's Apocalypse

Author: Lynn R. Huber

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0567026744

Category: Religion

Page: 221

View: 4774


This book engages one set of conceptual metaphors in relation to Revelation's literary and social-historical milieu.

The Epistle of Jesus to the Church

A Commentary on the Revelation

Author: James D. Quiggle

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1621892247

Category: Religion

Page: 488

View: 6456


The Epistle of Jesus to the Church is a commentary on the book of Revelation that assumes Jesus was the author and John the reporter of the words and events described. Here one will not find an explanation of an anti-Roman message written by John in hidden codes and apocalyptic motifs to fool Roman authorities. John the apostle and prophet was the faithful scribe, who did not create the message but faithfully and accurately described all that he saw and heard. This commentary follows the principle that the Scriptures explain themselves, because the Revelation is a word from Jesus to his church--a word that is grounded in the Scriptures. The Epistle of Jesus to the Church has been written with teachers, students, and pastors in mind. The interpretation of the book of Revelation is thorough; difficult passages are addressed, and plausible answers are provided to the questions posed by in-depth study of the biblical book. This is a commentary for personal study or classroom instruction, one that may be confidently used to preach and teach the Revelation of Jesus to the church.

The Bible: ''Word of God'' or Words of Men?

Truth Versus the Myths of Christian Fundamentalism

Author: Daniel Joseph Malane

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1453566090

Category: Religion

Page: 140

View: 4250


The Bible;"Word of God" or words of men? With modern Bible Scholarship and historical fact this book exposes the outrageous hoax of modern Bible Prophecy, the "left behind" myth, the "rapture" and the "War of Armageddon" falacies, and puts these myths in their proper historical perspective. Has anyone ever informed you that "you are going to Hell", because the Bible said so? Besides being shocked and hurt, did you have a reasonable answer for this person who believed to forsee your eternal destiny? Learn the conclusions of modern Bible Scholarship, and the real reasons why the Bible is not the inerrant, infallible "Word of God" that Christian Fundamentalist use to base their threats on. Pictures and descriptions of the oldest known New Testament Greek manucripts are detailed; The Saint John Fragment, c.125AD pictured in actual size on the front cover, the oldest known NT manuscript fragment. Codex Sinaiticus, the oldest manuscript containing the entire New Testament (dated 350AD), and others among the oldest known New Testament Greek Manuscripts available to mankind today for observation and study, are pictured and described. Mankind does not have the original manuscripts, and the ones we do have differ in their readings, no 2 manuscripts are identical. Differences in these existing manucripts, or "Variant readings" are thoroughly reviewed. The outrageous hoax of modern Bible Prophecy, the "left behind" myth, the "rapture" and the "War of Armageddon" falacies are critically examined and put in their proper historical perspective. Evidence for dates of the original New Testament books which have long since been lost or destroyed, and the 400 year history of the formation of the NT Canon, are examined and weighed against Christian Fundamentalist claims of Biblical inerrancy. Know the Truth about the Bible as you discuss these subjects with your "Born Again" and Christian Fundamentalist friends and family. Help them move on to a more mature spiritual worldview with this great book! Contents 1. Tracing the Word, or Logos from Heraclitus (500 BC) to the Gospel of John .. a. Heraclitus ............ b. The Stoics ........... c. Philo of Alexandria d. Gospel of John . 2. The New Testament Manuscripts and Variant Readings 3. New Testament Languages 4. Dates of the New Testament 5. The New Testament Canon . 6. Internal Conflicts within the New Testament a. Faith and Works b. Synoptics vs. John c. Genealogies of Jesus 7. Myth of The Promised Land 8. Bible Prophecy in Its Proper Perspective a. Eschatology and Apocalyptic Literature ... b. The Rapture Theory. c. The Abomination of Desolation d. Re- establishment of the State of Israel e. The Book of Revelations.. 9. Conclusion: The Bible; "Word of God" or Words of Men? To order select Paperback or Hardback above, press shopping cart or "enter". Select shipping preference from drop down arrow

After Our Likeness

The Church as the Image of the Trinity

Author: Miroslav Volf

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802844408

Category: Religion

Page: 314

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In After Our Likeness, Miroslav Volf explores the relationship between persons and community in Christian theology. He seeks to counter the tendencies toward individualism in Protestant ecclesiology and give community its due.

Science Fiction, Alien Encounters, and the Ethics of Posthumanism

Beyond the Golden Rule

Author: E. Gomel

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137367636

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

View: 7615


Science Fiction, Alien Encounters, and the Ethics of Posthumanism offers a typology of alien encounters and addresses a range of texts including classic novels of alien encounter by H.G. Wells and Robert Heinlein; recent blockbusters by Greg Bear, Octavia Butler and Sheri Tepper; and experimental science fiction by Peter Watts and Housuke Nojiri.

Hebrews - Revelation

Author: David E. Garland

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310866243

Category: Religion

Page: 800

View: 3001


Continuing a Gold Medallion Award-winning legacy, this completely revised edition of The Expositor’s Bible Commentary series puts world-class biblical scholarship in your hands. Based on the original twelve-volume set that has become a staple in college and seminary libraries and pastors’ studies worldwide, this new thirteen-volume edition marshals the most current evangelical scholarship and resources. You’ll find up-to-date information grounded in the same unchanging commitment to the divine inspiration, complete trustworthiness, and full authority of the Bible.Of the fifty-six contributors, thirty of them are new. Reflecting the Expositor’s Bible Commentary international and cross-denominational approach, they come from the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Australia, and New Zealand, and from a broad diversity of churches, including Anglican, Baptist, Brethren, Methodist, Nazarene, Presbyterian, and Reformed.The Expositor’s Bible Commentary uses the complete New International Version for its English text, but it also refers freely to other translations and to the original languages. For each book of the Bible, the thoroughly revised features consist of:A comprehensive introduction A short and precise bibliography A detailed outline Insightful exposition of passages and verses Overviews of sections of Scripture to illumine the big picture Occasional reflections to give more detail on important issues Notes on textual questions and special problems, placed close to the text in question Transliteration and translation of Hebrew and Greek words, enabling readers to understand even the more technical notes A balanced and respectful approach toward marked differences of opinion

Key Questions about Christian Faith

Old Testament Answers

Author: John Goldingay

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 0801039541

Category: Religion

Page: 368

View: 737


A biblical theologian explores what the Old Testament says about twenty-five important questions of the Christian faith, drawing practical, sensible applications for today's church.

The New American Bible

Author: Oxford University Press, Inc.

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0195298039

Category: Bibles

Page: 1480

View: 4597


"Translated from the original languages with critical use of all the ancient sources including the revised Psalms and the revised New Testament. Authorized by the Board of Trustees of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine and approved by the Administrative Committee/Board of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and the United States Catholic Conference."

Picturing Experience in the Early Printed Book

Breydenbach’s Peregrinatio from Venice to Jerusalem

Author: Elizabeth Ross

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 0271064943

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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Bernhard von Breydenbach’s Peregrinatio in terram sanctam (Journey to the Holy Land), first published in 1486, is one of the seminal books of early printing and is especially renowned for the originality of its woodcuts. In Picturing Experience in the Early Printed Book, Elizabeth Ross considers the Peregrinatio from a variety of perspectives to explain its value for the cultural history of the period. Breydenbach, a high-ranking cleric in Mainz, recruited the painter Erhard Reuwich of Utrecht for a religious and artistic adventure in a political hot spot—a pilgrimage to research the peoples, places, plants, and animals of the Levant. The book they published after their return ambitiously engaged with the potential of the new print medium to give an account of their experience. The Peregrinatio also aspired to rouse readers to a new crusade against Islam by depicting a contest in the Mediterranean between the Christian bastion of the city of Venice and the region’s Muslim empires. This crusading rhetoric fit neatly with the state of the printing industry in Mainz, which largely subsisted as a tool for bishops’ consolidation of authority, including selling the pope’s plans to combat the Ottoman Empire. Taking an artist on such an enterprise was unprecedented. Reuwich set a new benchmark for technical achievement with his woodcuts, notably a panorama of Venice that folds out to 1.62 meters in length and a foldout map that stretches from Damascus to Sudan around the first topographically accurate view of Jerusalem. The conception and execution of the Peregrinatio show how and why early printed books constructed new means of visual representation from existing ones—and how the form of a printed book emerged out of the interaction of eyewitness experience and medieval scholarship, real travel and spiritual pilgrimage, curiosity and fixed belief, texts and images.

The Book of Revelation

Question by Question

Author: Susan Fournier Mathews

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 9780809145850

Category: Religion

Page: 203

View: 8239


A user friendly guide to reading and understanding the last and enigmatic book of the New Testament, ideally suited for parish adult bible study groups and college level inquiry.

New American Bible

Author: N.A

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0195282906

Category: Bibles

Page: 1514

View: 8993


This style of the New American Bible offers readers a varied selection of binding and color options from which they may choose - and all at extremely competitive prices. The paperback is the perfect size for school use. It features the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum), placement of the NAB notes at the end of each book to enhance the readability of the biblical text, a select NAB Concordance, an essay on using the Lectionary, a table of Weekday and Sunday Lectionaryreadings, and a table of Weights and Measures in the Bible.

Critical Essays on John Edgar Wideman

Author: Bonnie TuSmith,Keith Eldon Byerman

Publisher: Univ. of Tennessee Press

ISBN: 9781572334694

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 275

View: 7412


John Edgar Wideman is one of the most prominent African American writers today. He is the first author to have been awarded the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction twice-once in 1984 for Sent for You Yesterday and again in 1990 for Philadelphia Fire. His memoir, Fatheralong, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Yet, despite all of Wideman's accolades and renown, there are only three full-length studies on his work to date. TuSmith's and Byerman's Critical Essays on John Edgar Wideman takes a bold step in expanding Wideman scholarship. This volume is an indispensable study of Wideman's oeuvre, covering the full range of his career by addressing the key features of his fiction and nonfiction from 1967 to the present. The essays in this book reflect the most advanced thinking on Wideman's prolific, extraordinary art. The collection features at least one article on each major work and includes the voices of both well-established and emerging scholars. Though their critical perspectives are diverse, the contributors place Wideman squarely at the center of contemporary African American literature as an exemplar of postmodern approaches to literary art. Several position Wideman within the context of his predecessors-Wright, Baldwin, Ellison-and within a larger cultural context of music and collective history. The essays examine Wideman's complex style and his blending of African and Western cosmologies and aesthetics, the use of personal narrative, and his imaginative revisioning of forgotten historical events. These insightful analyses cover virtually every stage of Wideman's career and every genre in which he has written. A detailed bibliography of Wideman's work is also included. Informed yet accessible, this collection will be a rich source of information and intellectual stimulus for teachers, students, and scholars in American and African American literature, as well as general readers interested in Wideman's multilayered and challenging texts.

Leaning Into the Future

The Kingdom of God in the Theology of Jürgen Moltmann and the Book of Revelation

Author: Poul F. Guttesen

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630877999

Category: Religion

Page: 278

View: 4692


Leaning into the Future seeks to explore what it may mean to believe in the Kingship of God and wait for his Kingdom by considering the fundamental role the Kingdom of God plays in the theology of Jurgen Moltmann and in the book of Revelation. Part one is devoted to how Moltmann understands The Kingdom of God as the fundamental symbol of hope for humanity, and how he sees the presence of God's reign and kingdom in history as hidden and paradoxical. Part two turns to the way the Book of Revelation uses royal and other political language in its portrait of the future and God's presence in history. In this second part, the book also seeks to explore how Moltmann and the Apocalypse may mutually inform each other, how Moltmann may help us read this biblical book today, and how it in turn may overcome some of the weaknesses in Moltmann's proposal.

The Book of Revelation

Worship for Life in the Spirit of Prophecy

Author: John Paul Heil

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630874167

Category: Religion

Page: 374

View: 2076


John Paul Heil presents an original analysis of the theme of worship in the book of Revelation guided by a new illustration of its comprehensive chiastic structure. The worship that Revelation exhorts and enables is in the divine Spirit of prophetic witness against all forms of idolatrous worship on earth in favor of a true, heavenly, and universal worship of the Lord God and the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb, for an eternal and heavenly life. The audience begins this worship in the eucharistic supper into which Revelation leads them by inviting them to respond to the promise of Jesus, Yes, I am coming soon, with Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! They thereby affirm and welcome the coming of the Lord Jesus, the exalted sacrificial Lamb, to the eucharistic supper that anticipates his final coming and the divine grace, the gift of eternal life, of the Lord Jesus that is intended to be the destiny of all--The grace of the Lord Jesus with all!

The Gospel According to St. John

An Introduction with Commentary and Notes on the Greek Text

Author: C. K. Barrett

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 9780664221805

Category: Religion

Page: 660

View: 7980


In this useful work, C. Kingsley Barrett offers an insightful commentary on the book of John. Barrett seeks to view John in light of a variety of contexts, including that in which it was written, and its implications for modern-day readers. The book includes detailed notes and commentary on each chapter of John's Gospel.