ENG458H1 Lecture Notes - Seven Bowls, Seven Seals, Intertextuality

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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-toone allegory
Symbolism more open vs allegory point to specific thing
Cross (represents love, Jesus, death, suffering….) vs Pilgrim’s Journey (obvious)
Revelations not allegory, symbols shift, can’t decode all
Reason being dragon, keeps possibilities open
Oral presentation and drama
Meant to be heard and performed (most people couldn’t read), most early audience
hear rather than read
Dramatic element important
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Romantic writers vision must be direct and immediate. 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] 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. 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.

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