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Bibil Identifier bibil:223416
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Woman Clothed in the Sun: Pacifism and Apocalyptic Discourse among Russian Spiritual Christian Molokan-Jumpers
Author Clay, J. Eugene
Journal Church History (Volume: 80, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 109-138 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract With its violent images of heavenly and earthly combat, the book of Revelation has been criticized for promoting a vengeful and distorted version of Christ's teachings. Gerd Lüdemann, for example, has attacked the book as part of the “dark side of the Bible,” and Jonathan Kirsch believes that the pernicious influence of Revelation “can be detected in some of the worst atrocities and excesses of every age, including our own.” Yet, surprisingly, nonviolent pacifists have also drawn on the Apocalypse for encouragement and support. This was especially true for generations of Russian Spiritual Christians (dukhovnye khristiane), a significant religious minority whose roots trace at least as far back as the 1760s, when the first “spirituals” (dukhovnye) were arrested and tried in Russia's southern provinces of Tambov and Voronezh. Although they drew upon apocalyptic martial imagery, the Spiritual Christians were pacifists, some of whom came to identify themselves with the Woman Clothed in the Sun of Revelation 12.
DOI 10.1017/S0009640710001587
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Russia
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : History of Interpretation and Reception : Important Persons : 18th century
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : History of Interpretation and Reception : Important Persons : 19th century
Pericopes Revelation 12,1-12,18
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