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Soteriology in the Apocalypse of John

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A proper understanding of the function and meaning of the soteriology of the Apocalypse requires a thorough interpretation of the book as a whole. An investigation into the existing presence of soteriology in the Apocalypse can be categorised in two ways: The typical soteriological terms that characterise soteriology and the semantic field of soteriology in the theological unfolding of the narrative of the Apocalypse. Socio-scientific perspectives on the Apocalypse of John have opened new vistas for understanding soteriology. The crucial question remains whether we have evidence of an empire-wide persecution of Christians under Domitian. According to Eugene Boring, the vision report which forms a prominent part of the framework of the Apocalypse is itself a narrative, as are the visions that constitute the content of the Apocalypse. The Apocalypse functions as a story with a coherent theological plot through which the believers' identity as redeemed is unfolded.

Keywords: Apocalypse of John; Christians; Eugene Boring; socio-scientific relief; soteriology



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