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Bibil Identifier bibil:72560
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) Imperial Cults and the Apocalypse of John. Reading Revelation in the Ruins
Author Friesen, Steven J.
Year (Publication) 2001
Year (Copyright) 2001
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2001
Year (Reference) 2001
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature UMA 99000
Place 227.9.08
Publishing house Oxford University Press
Place Oxford et al.
ISBN 0-19-513153-5
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages 285 Pages
xiii Pages
height in cm 24
Genre Original
Abstract Examines the relationship between imperial cults and the Book of Revelation, focusing especially on the Roman province of Asia during the early Empire. The main argument is that Revelation and imperial cult institutions were in direct contradiction regarding cosmology and eschatology. The exaggerated cosmology of imperial cult institutions resulted in an absurd eschatology – their emphasis on Roman imperial order was so strong that they could not envision an end to Roman rule. Revelation, on the other hand, denigrated all temporal authority and focused attention on the throne of God in heaven and the eschatological inauguration of the New Jerusalem. In this way, the author of Revelation produced one of humanity's great religious critiques of hegemony, a critique that attempted to establish and maintain a just community in the face of imperial oppression.
DOI 10.1093/0195131533.001.0001
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Religion : Cult of the Emperor
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Revelation
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