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University of Toronto St. George
Mark Knight

Revelations  First person perspective  Creatures, element of fear and fantasy  Complex, layered structure  Romantic writers – vision must be direct and immediate  Reading as literary text  Visions go through process of thoughts  As letter to church (seven churches) to help resolve problem [church believes Jesus as messianic figure, have to reconcile with power of Roman Empire and killing of Xtians -> Jesus came to save world and died vs reality… salvation and evil]  Seven as completeness  Attempt to address problems  Rewriting and reinterpreting continues  Prophetic text -> idea of metaphorical vs literal meaning, generic vs specific group of people… common idea of being predictive, but more metaphorical and general/vague  Attempt to redescribe world and see world in different way, hope or judgement  Interjection, laying out words without beating around bush  Hope and helping see world differently in reality experience  Prophetic writing encouraging thinking about world differently than what used to  Martin Luther King Jr  Not working out exact events but way to imagine different world  Apocalyptic text – as genre, intentionally cosmic and dramatic imagery to make comment on present day events… enforcing the drama, describing as choices to be made, making it seem significant and focal to history  Written in period of Roman Empire, Xtians being persecuted, dramatizing events  Book of Daniel as another biblical apocalyptic text, Jesus sometimes using apocalyptic words  Tool to achieve something else rather than be worried about it dragons exist…  Eschatology is not end of world  Where the story is progressing towards, not the end itself… climax and direction  Revelations not primarily interested in what happens at end of world but at climactic culminating point of story of Genesis (at end of bible, thinking of whole story)  Very little to say about heaven or hell  Open-ended symbolism not one-to—one allegory  Symbolism – more open vs allegory – point to specific thing  Cross (represents love, Jesus, death, suffering….) vs Pilgrim’s Journey (obvious)  Revelations no
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