Dissertation Abstracts 6.001
The Nature of Judgment in the Book of the Revelation
by Philip McCormack (philipmccormack@...
This 272 page D.Phil.-thesis was successfully defended at The Faculty of
Humanities, The Institute of Theology, The Queen's University of
Belfast, Northern Ireland, on June 15th, 2001 and the D.Phil.-degree
awarded July 4th, 2001. The examiners were the Reverend Doctor Steven
Motyer of the London Bible College and the Reverend Professor J. Cecil
McCullough of Union Theological College Belfast and Queen's University.
Copies of the thesis are available in the University library.
This investigation into the nature of judgment in Revelation will
demonstrate that John's use of this theme is highly developed and
consistently woven throughout the Apocalypse. It is multivariate in its
employment of its images and global in its effect.
This thesis will also establish, through a consideration of the theme
of judgment in Apocalyptic works contemporary to Revelation and models
of judgment found in the Old Testament, that John utilised images and
ideas from a number of sources and freely modified them for his own
It will also prove that John's presentation of this theme shares more
similarities with contemporary apocalypses, than with the model
identified in the Old Testament.
The main conclusion which follows from an examination of the nature of
judgment, covered in chapters two and three of this thesis, is to
propose that the nature of judgment in Revelation is primarily punitive
upon the unregenerate at the eschaton.
When this major theme is considered exegetically in the context of the
parousia, in which it is set in the text of Revelation, judgment has no
didactic or salvific element in John's understanding of it. This
presentation of the nature of judgment may seem initially to be somewhat
out of step with the clear images of hope contained in chapter 21-22v5,
in which there is the clear revelation of the conversion of the nations.
However, a consideration of three other important themes found in the
Apocalypse, the combat motif, the salvation of the nations and the
function and use of witness in Revelation, will reveal that a punitive
understanding of judgment upon the ungodly may not only be defended but
is consistent with these themes.
This thesis will endeavour to reach this conclusion and therefore make
a contribution to scholarly research on the theme of judgment through;
1) the reading strategy employed - Biblical Literatlist; 2) the
methodology utilized in considering the subject material - exegetical;
3) the comparison of the nature of judgment in Revelation with that in
contemporary Apocalyptic works and the Old Testament.
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Abstracts intended for publication should be sent to the list owner
Georg S. Adamsen (gsa@...
), when the thesis has been
passed or succesfully defended. Please, state details.