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V. The Use of the Expression O XpiΣToΣ in the Apocalypse of John

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The expression O Xpi∑to∑ is found four times in the Apocalypse, in three passages. In the Apocalypse in its present form there is only one Anointed One: Jesus who died and was exalted to heaven, and who will return in future. God's victorious kingdom of the future is a reality for the author of the Apocalypse. The Apocalypse of John seems to have made its own use of Old Testament and Jewish traditions known to the author. The first two passages as well as the last one play an important part in the Apocalypse, encouraging those who have to suffer under the assault of the dragon and his associates. God's kingdom is near and those who remain faithful and steadfast, even unto death, will share in it. This message pre-supposes the belief in the redemption wrought by Jesus' death and exaltation.

Keywords: Apocalypse of John; Jewish traditions; Old Testament



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