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Centering Reality

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/10.1093/0195131533.003.0010
 Centering Reality

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The Revelation of John contains an overwhelming eschatology that produced an inherently unstable cosmology. According to John, space and time were not centered around Rome and the emperors. Rather, space was centered around the heavenly throne and time around worship. Worship directed people toward the absent throne as they awaited a new heaven and a new earth, when God would abandon heaven and dwell among humans. In contrast to the work of Leonard L. Thompson, Friesen concludes that Revelation spoke about the Roman world, but Revelation's weak cosmology could not speak on behalf of the Roman world.

Keywords: cosmology; emperors; eschatology; God; heaven; John; Rome; Leonard L. Thompson

Chapter.  8039 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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