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20 From Seer to Saint: Psychotherapeutic Change in the Book of Revelation

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The motif of transformation into an angel after ascending to heaven occurs in 1 Enoch and several other apocalypses that assert or imply that transformation into an angel is the fate of the righteous after death. The biblical book of Revelation is a work of eschatology that asserts the allegorical character of many of the images in its visions. The first vision concludes with the statement: "As for the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in one right hand, and the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches and the seven lampstands are the seven churches". Further images are explicitly interpreted as symbols in Rev 1:8; 1:13-16; 10:1-11; 11:7; 13:6, 18; 14:14-20; 17:9-15; 18:21; and 19:11-16. Implicit interpretations occur at 4:1-11; 5:6; 6:1-8, 12-17; and 12:1.5.

Keywords: 1 Enoch; angel; book of Revelation; God; John



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