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Revelation’S Plague Septets: New Exodus And Exile

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Interpreters of John's Apocalypse have long struggled to understand his three plague septets: the opening of seals, blowing of trumpets, and pouring out of bowls. The book of Exodus and traditions derived from it also shape John's three plague septets. In contrast to allusions to Exodus, significant attention has been given to exploring resonances of these prophetic works in the Apocalypse. This chapter explores how traditions related to Exodus may have informed and shaped John's theological world. Interpreters of New Testament writings have increasingly identified and argued for the presence of exile motifs. In light of the growing recognition that the continuing exile of God's people is formative in early Jewish and New Testament literature, the issue arises whether allusions to Exodus traditions in Revelation may evoke perceptions of exile and return.

Keywords: book of Exodus; book of Revelation; exile motifs; Jewish literature; John's Apocalypse; New Testament; plague septets



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