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Revelation in Space and Time

Steven J. Friesen

in Imperial Cults and the Apocalypse of John

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780195131536
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834198 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195131533.003.0009
 Revelation in Space and Time

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Discusses the date and time when Revelation was written, and then considers the role of imperial cults in the generation of the text. The main argument concludes that Revelation was not written against alleged imperial cult excesses under Nero or Domitian; the evidence for imperial cults from Asia shows that these were not aberrant periods. Rather, Revelation should be interpreted as a critique of the dominant imperial discourse for which mainstream imperial cults were a crucial manifestation.

Keywords: cult; date; Domitian; imperial; Nero; Revelation; text

Chapter.  8675 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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