Working With Myth

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:
 Working With Myth

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The inherent instability of Revelation's cosmology was mitigated to some extent by John's use of myth. John established an east Mediterranean ethos for the congregations through his use of the combat myth. A comparison with the myths displayed on the Sebasteion at Aphrodisias shows that John also reworked the traditions of Israel in a way that allowed him to challenge the Roman imperial interpretation of the meaning of history.

Keywords: Aphrodisias; combat; cosmology; myth; Sebasteion

Chapter.  6121 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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