Revelation

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This reading of Revelation explains the text as John's response to the problem of social accommodation in the churches of Asia Minor. Knight works from the hypothesis, now increasingly argued in scholarly circles, that there was no persecution of the Christians by Domitian at the end of the first century CE, and explains the references to martyrdom in the Apocalypse as mainly symbolic. Knight argues that John is creating awareness of a crisis in the text in order to call his readers to a stricter pattern of ...

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This reading of Revelation explains the text as John's response to the problem of social accommodation in the churches of Asia Minor. Knight works from the hypothesis, now increasingly argued in scholarly circles, that there was no persecution of the Christians by Domitian at the end of the first century CE, and explains the references to martyrdom in the Apocalypse as mainly symbolic. Knight argues that John is creating awareness of a crisis in the text in order to call his readers to a stricter pattern of behaviour than Paul had allowed when writing to the Corinthians. Knight proceeds through the Apocalypse chapter by chapter and concludes with a section on the main theological ideas of Revelation.

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Jonathan Knight is Research Fellow of the Katie Wheeler Trust and Visiting Fellow in New Testament and Christian Ministry at York St John University. Previous appointments include Lecturer and Research Fellow in Biblical Studies at Sheffield University, Chaplain and Research Assistant to Stephen Sykes and Chaplain of Worcester College, Oxford. He is the author of Jesus: An Historical and Theological Investigation (T&T Clark, 2004), Luke's Gospel (Routledge, 1998) and The Ascension of Isaiah (Sheffield Academic Press, 1995), and editor, with Stephen Sykes and John Booty, of The Study of Anglicanism (SPCK, 1998).

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