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Christian ProphecyThe Post-Biblical Tradition$
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Niels Christian Hvidt

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195314472

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314472.001.0001

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 Prophecy and the End of Revelation

 Prophecy and the End of Revelation

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(p.185) 5 Prophecy and the End of Revelation
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Christian Prophecy
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Niels Christian Hvidt (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314472.003.0005

The Christian belief that Christ is the epitome of God's revelation has led to the notion of the “end of revelation with the last apostle”. This notion has undergone significant historical development. From signifying merely that Christ is the most complete but not the last form of Divine revelation, it has come to imply a literal end of divine communication in the writings of some theologians, leading to the widespread denial of the feasibility or even possibility of Christian prophecy. A more detailed treatment of the “end-notion” leads to important conclusions with regards to prophecy; it is not at all clear when revelation should have “ended”: with Christ, with the last apostle, or with the closure of the biblical canon.

Keywords:   prophecy, end of revelation, Melchior Cano, Divine revelation

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