The thing I don't think you'll find very much discussion of on this list is the connection between the apocalyptic and wisdom genres and how that is related to Revelation's symbolism. Some people who have explored the wisdom/apocalyptic genre:
The Ages of Man and the Ages of the World; A Study of two Traditions - Paul Archambault
John J. Collins in History of Religions
Vol. 17, No. 2 (Nov., 1977), pp. 121-142
Biblical proverbs weren't written in a vaccum. They were similar to those in ancient Egypt, Babylon and Greece. It is often symbolic in form, and so is the apocalypse.
Eusebius of Caesara wrote the dream of the king the image is "to liken the the life of all men to the great image," while Daniel's vision represented "the great and mighty tumult of life to a sea." The reason for the correlation to four ancient nations wasn't so much to depict history, but because they were associated with the bondage of Israel which is found in scripture. Israel itself is seen as typical of God's son (Scholia on Daniel).
The church father Hippolytus writes, ""a day with the Lord is as a thousand years." Since, then, in six days God made all things, it follows that 6,000 years must be fulfilled. And they are not yet fulfilled, as John says: "five are fallen; one is," that is, the sixth; "the other is not yet come."" - The interpretation by Hippolytus, (bishop) of Rome, of the visions of Daniel and Nebuchadnezzar, taken in conjunction.
We see further association of of wisdom and apocalyptic imagery in Psuedographic literature like I Enoch and Jubilees. The relation is then carried further in the Book of Revelation.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Dustin Smith <kggospel@...> wrote:
> Greetings all. I have enjoyed reading through the archives of posts and
> have learned a lot from the discussions on here. I am also aware that many
> of you are Ph.Ds or professors who work with and teach this book regularly.
> During your times of research, have you come across any rabbit trails,
> unexplored topics, or do you have any suggestions on
> potential dissertation subjects? I am currently exploring the social
> concerns of the original readers of the book as it parallels the theology
> of the Anabaptists, especially in relations to separation from the state,
> non-violence, and radical imitation to the testimony of Christ. But I would
> be quite interested in what others think are good, unexplored potential
> Thanks in advance.
> Dustin Smith
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