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The Christology Of The Apocalypse (1999)

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This chapter attempts to describe John's portrait of Christ and to discern how it would have been heard by ancient auditors. The argument follows a progression from names to titles to functions to faces to contexts. From this survey of the functions of Christ in the Apocalypse, it is clear that the focus is on the exalted Christ. It sets the names, titles, functions, and faces of Christ in the context of the story assumed by the Revelation to John. The diverse components makes sense in the context of Revelation's story of salvation, past, present, and future. The thesis of this chapter is that the thought world of the Christology of Revelation is to be found in reflections about the divine throne in ancient Judaism, especially among those that mention a figure apart from the throne who is said to be in human or angelic form.

Keywords: ancient Judaism; angelomorphic Christology; Christ in the Apocalypse; God's name; Jesus in Revelation; John the seer

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