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Bibil Identifier bibil:209389
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) Magical Motifs in the Book of Revelation
Author Thomas, Rodney Lawrence
Series Library of New Testament Studies (Volume: 416)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature SBA 61/416
Place 227.9.08
Publishing house T&T Clark
Place London/New York
ISBN 978-0-567-22686-0
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages x Pages
230 Pages
height in cm 24
Genre Original
Abstract Rodney Thomas addresses the question of whether the book of Revelation was written as an ‘anti-magical’ polemic and explores the concept and definition of ‘magic’ from both modern and first-century standpoints. Thomas presents the first century as a time dominated by belief in spiritual forces and magical activity which the author of Revelation sought to put into proper perspective.
This aim was achieved through a variety of highly creative literary techniques which Thomas examines in this book. At times it is possible to argue that unacceptable magical practices are condemned by being labelled as farmakeia. At other times such practices are carefully placed within the context of Israel’s ancient enemies. In addition standard polemical material against magical practices Thomas asserts that it is also possible to identify instances where the author of Revelation wholly appropriates imagery commonly associated with ‘magic’ and recasts it into a new Christian context. As a result it is possible to view the magical motifs within Revelation as weighty polemic aimed against certain practices and beliefs in the first century.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Revelation
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Magic
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : False Prophets
Pericopes Revelation 13,15
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