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Christology, Controversy and Apocalypse: New Testament Exegesis in the Light of the Work of William Blake

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This chapter examines William Blake's use of particular biblical themes and their significance for biblical interpretation. It starts with Blake's prophecy and in particular focuses on the vision of God enthroned in glory. The chapter suggests that Blake's caricature of the enthroned divinity in his Europe A Prophecy was part of his challenge to dominant conceptions of God in a way which parallels John's vision of the Lamb and the throne in the book of Revelation. The chapter further offers some reflections on the hermeneutical opportunities and challenges of Blake's reading of Scripture. It considers briefly the character of Blake's biblical exegesis and tries to connect with the theme of the volume as a whole: Christology and controversy, both of which themes Blake, in his peculiar way, illuminates greatly.

Keywords: biblical exegesis; Europe A Prophecy; God; Scripture; William Blake



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