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Communities Worshipping Humans

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/10.1093/0195131533.003.0012
 Communities Worshipping Humans

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The author of Revelation promoted a particular view of church life. John described the churches as a divine kingdom chosen from the peoples of the earth. The most important leaders were, according to John, the 12 apostles of bygone days and the past and present prophets. In these communities, human maturation involved gender relations that were less discriminatory than those evinced by many other early Christian texts. Apocalyptic personhood also included a renunciation of violence. Outsiders lived in a society characterized by profound deception and dramatic inequality in the distribution of wealth.

Keywords: Apocalyptic; church; gender; human; kingdom; leaders; maturation; personhood; violence; wealth

Chapter.  7753 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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