Imperial Cults and the Apocalypse of John: Reading Revelation in the Ruins

Paperback | November 30, 2005

byFriesen, Steven J.

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After more than a century of debate about the significance of imperial cults for the interpretation of Revelation, this is the first study to examine both the archaeological evidence and the Biblical text in depth. Friesen argues that a detailed analysis of imperial cults as they werepracticed in the first century CE in the region where John was active allows us to understand John's criticism of his society's dominant values. He demonstrates the importance of imperial cults for society at the time when Revelation was written, and shows the ways in which John refuted imperialcosmology through his use of vision, myth, and eschatological expectation.

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After more than a century of debate about the significance of imperial cults for the interpretation of Revelation, this is the first study to examine both the archaeological evidence and the Biblical text in depth. Friesen argues that a detailed analysis of imperial cults as they werepracticed in the first century CE in the region whe...

Steven J. Friesen is at University of Texas, Austin.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.45 × 6.1 × 0.98 inPublished:November 30, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195188217

ISBN - 13:9780195188219

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"This book will benefit students of early Christianity as well as students of Greco-Roman history. Certainly anyone seriously interested in the study of Revelation should not pass it by."--The Journal of Religion