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Dissertation Abstracts 6.001 (Philip McCormack: The Nature of Judgment in Revelation)

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  • Georg S. Adamsen
    Dissertation Abstracts 6.001 The Nature of Judgment in the Book of the Revelation by Philip McCormack (philipmccormack@fsmail.net) This 272 page D.Phil.-thesis
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 20, 2002
      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.


      The dissertation abstracts are published by Revelation mailing list and
      archived both on the mailing list archive and on Revelation Resources
      web site (http://teologi.dk/Revelation/abstract.html)

      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.
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