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dc.contributor.authorDe Villiers, Pieter G. R.
dc.date.accessioned2016-07-19T19:14:20Z
dc.date.available2016-07-19T19:14:20Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.identifier.citationDe Villiers, P. G. (2013). Entering the corridors of power: State and church in the reception history of Revelation. Acta Theologica, 33(2), 37-56.en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn1015-8758 (print)
dc.identifier.issn2309-9089 (online)
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.4314/actat.v33i2.3
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11660/3463
dc.description.abstractThis article discusses how Revelation with its vehement critique of its powerful first-century opponents was appropriated in a time when these opponents became its members, supporters and partners. It analyses how Revelation with its bitter attack on political and religious groups in the first century and with its potential for instigating millenarian groups to revolt against the State, was reinterpreted in times when the church enjoyed a special relationship with the State and had entered the corridors of power. In this regard, it focuses as example on the rereading of Revelation by Oecumenius, the Greek commentator of the sixth century C.E. This will be illustrated in terms of two examples. First, the article will discuss how Oecumenius rereads Revelation to appease the Roman Empire of his time and to resist an apocalyptic fervour that could threaten the well-being of the State. Second, it will show how Oecumenius, using the language of the Byzantine Empire, rereads the position of the Jews in the original text in order to present the church as the stable, trustworthy partner of the Empire.en_ZA
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dc.publisherFaculty of Theology, University of the Free Stateen_ZA
dc.subjectRevelationen_ZA
dc.subjectOecumeniusen_ZA
dc.subjectByzantine Empireen_ZA
dc.subjectAntichrisen_ZA
dc.titleEntering the corridors of power: State and Church in the reception history of revelationen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublisher's versionen_ZA
dc.rights.holderFaculty of Theology, University of the Free Stateen_ZA


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