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

Steven J. Friesen

Abstract

Examines the relationship between imperial cults and the Book of Revelation, focusing especially on the Roman province of Asia during the early Empire. The main argument is that Revelation and imperial cult institutions were in direct contradiction regarding cosmology and eschatology. The exaggerated cosmology of imperial cult institutions resulted in an absurd eschatology – their emphasis on Roman imperial order was so strong that they could not envision an end to Roman rule. Revelation, on the other hand, denigrated all temporal authority and focused attention on the throne of God in heaven ... More

Keywords: Asia, cosmology, empire, eschatology, imperial cults, imperialism, New Jerusalem, province, Revelation, Roman

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195131536
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195131533.001.0001

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Steven J. Friesen, author
University of Missouri
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