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Imperial Cults and the Apocalypse of John : Revelation In The Ruins - Steven J. Friesen

Imperial Cults and the Apocalypse of John

Revelation In The Ruins

Hardcover Published: 25th October 2001
ISBN: 9780195131536
Number Of Pages: 304

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After more than a century of debate about the significance of imperial cults for the interpretation of Revelation, this is the first study to examine both the archaeological evidence and the Biblical text in depth. Friesen argues that a detailed analysis of imperial cults as they were practiced in the first century CE in the region where John was active allows us to understand John's criticism of his society's dominant values. He demonstrates the importance of imperial cults for society at the time when Revelation was written, and shows the ways in which John refuted imperial cosmology through his use of vision, myth, and eschatological expectation.

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"This book will benefit students of early Christianity as well as students of Greco-Roman history. Certainly anyone seriously interested in the study of Revelation should not pass it by."--The Journal of Religion "This book will benefit students of early Christianity as well as students of Greco-Roman history. Certainly anyone seriously interested in the study of Revelation should not pass it by."--The Journal of Religion

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Abbreviationsp. xi
Imperial Cults and the Apocalypse of Johnp. 2
Introductionp. 3
Religious Criticismp. 5
The Logic of Participationp. 23
Provincial Imperial Cults of Asia Under Augustus and Tiberiusp. 25
Provincial Cults from Gaius to Domitianp. 39
A Surveyp. 56
Two Case Studiesp. 77
Groups and Individualsp. 104
Imperial Cults as Religionp. 122
Revelation, Resistancep. 133
Revelation in Space and Timep. 135
Space and Time in Revelationp. 152
Working with Mythp. 167
Communities Worshipping Humansp. 180
Worship and Authorityp. 194
Revelation in This Worldp. 210
Glossaryp. 219
Notesp. 225
Bibliographyp. 259
Index of Ancient Sourcesp. 273
General Indexp. 281
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ISBN: 9780195131536
ISBN-10: 0195131533
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 25th October 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 16.2  x 2.46
Weight (kg): 0.59

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