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Who Rides the Beast?

Paul B. Duff

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780195138351
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834150 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019513835X.001.0001
Who Rides the Beast?

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Owing to its powerful anti‐Roman polemic, the book of Revelation was traditionally thought to have been written to encourage believers to stand fast in the face of the Roman persecution. Recent scholarship, however, has undermined the scenario of Roman persecution. This book examines the social situation that gave rise to the production of the book of Revelation. Duff suggests that the book did not arise from persecution or harassment but rather it was written in response to an internal crisis of leadership. The book's anti‐Roman polemic was intended to manufacture a crisis in the minds of its readers. The creation of this crisis – a technique observed in other charismatic groups – served the function of uniting the churches behind the author and against his prophetic rival. In addition, the book's polemic, although aimed directly at Rome, was, at the same time, focused indirectly at the author's rival “Jezebel” who, John argues, was in league with Rome.

Keywords: anti‐Roman polemic; book of Revelation; early Christianity; John; New Testament; Revelation; Roman; Roman persecution

Book.  204 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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Setting the Stage in Who Rides the Beast?

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The Issues in Who Rides the Beast?

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The Actors in Who Rides the Beast?

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The Rhetoric of Innuendo in Who Rides the Beast?

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The Women of Revelation in Who Rides the Beast?

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The Out‐Of‐Control Female in Who Rides the Beast?

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True and False Prophets in Who Rides the Beast?

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Conclusion in Who Rides the Beast?

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