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Unformatted text preview: I Introduction I am the alpha and the omega, says the Lord God, who is and was and is to come, (Rev. 1:8) Imagine that we are among those early Christian leaders presiding over the canon of the scripture: weve inherited from the rabbis our OT; how are we going to arrange the NT? Begin with the stories of Jesus (Gospels); then move on to the stories of his followers The Acts of the Apostles (a narrative of how they came to be the church) and the Epistles of Paul, Peter, John, James, which show teachers instructing the communities of faith in how to be followers of Christ (what to believe, how to act). But how to end? By looking backward to the Hebrew Bible, to Genesis through the prophets. Revelation offers a reprise or remix of the OT (of 404 verses, 275 quote or allude to Hebrew Bible); By looking forward to the end of time, to a new heaven and a new earth. By revealing what is going on behind the scenes right now, since the beginning and before the end: the huge struggles between forces of good and evil on earth; the...
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- Spring '08