810Re: [revelation-list] New moderator
- Mar 24, 2006Hi, everyone!
The timing of Dr. Adamsen's announcement caught me a bit by surprise, as I
have been out of the office for several days. I am, of course, both willing
and honored to serve as moderator for this list, of which I have been a
member for more than ten years.
I trust that I will continue to manage this list in the fine tradition
established by Georg Adamsen, to whom we all owe a huge round of thanks.
This has been a great couple of decades for those of us interested in
Revelation, as we have seen the publication of a number of scholarly major
works by Aune, Beale, Schussler-Fiorenza, Thompson and others. Though those
"big" names rarely appear on postings to this list, I trust that our
discussions have advanced the overall scholarly understanding of Revelation.
We have made great strides in our understanding of the various backgrounds
of Revelation: apocalyptic [here we should acknowledge Hanson and add him to
the list of scholars already mentioned],the Dead Sea scrolls and
intertestamental literature, etc.
However, Revelation studies have stalled in the matter of its liturgical
setting. I'd like to see more discussion on this aspect. I suspect solving
it will require us to revisit two of the great controversies of the late
20th century: 1) Israelite sacral kingship and its enthronement and 2)
whether the "Day of the Lord" was the source of Israelite eschatology. I've
offered my own suggestion [see below], others [long ago] have suggested
others: Passover, all three Israelite pilgrimage feasts, etc.
At any rate, this list offers those of us interested in Revelation a chance
to get acquainted, float new ideas, argue about old ones, and generally keep
each other on our toes. :-)
Perhaps a bit of my own background is in order:
I was raised to endless tales of how Revelation prophesied every modern
crisis; my pastor had an 18', hand painted prophecy curtain, mounted at the
front of the church, from which he taught every Wednesday night at Bible
After those bad experiences, I avoided Revelation in my undergrad [BA in
Bible, Central Bible College] and early grad work [MAs in History and
Biblical Languages, at Missouri State U and the Assemblies of God
Theological Seminary, respectively], only to rediscover it near the end
[forced to, actually, but that is another story...].
I had been working in intertestamental lit at University of Michigan in my
doctoral program and asked [what seemed to me] a very simple question: "Why
are the people in Rev. 7 waving palm branches?"
The end result was my 1993 UM dissertation "The Harvest of the Earth: The
Feast of Tabernacles in the Book of Revelation," wherein I argued that
Tabernacles was the cultic setting for the book. That same thesis, expanded
and refined, underlies the commentary I later published in 1999 as
"Revelation" in the anthology Full Life Bible Commentary (Zondervan),
reissued in 2003 under the new title Life in the Spirit New Testament
Anyhow, I have seen both sides of the Revelation issue and survived it.
[Thankfully, I can also report that my experience does NOT include
membership in the Michigan Militia, the Montana Freedman, or other
fundamentalist paramilitary groups that ab/use Revelation as part of their
raison d' etre!].
I currently live in sunny Winter Haven, FL, where I am an adjunct NT prof at
Asbury Theological Seminary-Orland and do some online teaching for Regent
Blessings to you all,
> From: "georg_s_adamsen" <georg@...>
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> Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2006 16:27:58 -0000
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> Subject: [revelation-list] New moderator
> Dear list members,
> I am happy to announce that Dr. Timothy P. Jenney has offered to
> moderate Revelation-list.
> I assume that he will introduce himself to you soon.
> Technically, I am still a member of this group, but I will remain as
> inactive as I have been for quite a long time.
> Dr. Georg S. Adamsen
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