Revelation

Revelation - Ingrid Shih REL 1310-31 2 December 2010...

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Ingrid Shih REL 1310-31 2 December 2010 Revelation Pet peeve: No “s” at the end of Revelation- 5 questions on final How Not to Read Revelation Ex: Left Behind- movie o What’s wrong with the movie? There were no jets, no cars blowing up Revelation was not initially written for those of us living in the 21 st century , to tell us how our world would end Rather it was written for Christian communities living in 1 st century to tell them how their world would end The question: What would be significant about the imminent end of the world for Christians living in the first century? Revelation 1:1-3 Soon take place; the time is near The book is to be understood in its original context The purpose of future predictions in Revelation does not lie primarily in communicating knowledge about how the world will end. Rather, they serve to guarantee the imminent victory of God on behalf of Christians living in the first century, who remain steadfast to the Christian way of life. Thus, the predictions are hortatory more than they are informational. The Social Setting of Revelation: Apocalyptic groups Key Factor: o A sense of alienation, felt marginalized o “We don’t belong” Apocalypticism: The Beliefs of Apocalyptic Groups Radical Cosmic Dualism- Persians Preoccupation of Other-World Themes A Linear View of History Apocalyptic Eschatology God breaks into human events in cataclysmic fashion to bring about his purposes in history
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This note was uploaded on 03/23/2011 for the course REL 1310 taught by Professor Holleyman during the Fall '08 term at Baylor.

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Revelation - Ingrid Shih REL 1310-31 2 December 2010...

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