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  • Don K
    George, how may we go about obtaining a copy of your dissertation? Don K. ... From: Georg S. Adamsen To:
    Message 1 of 6 , May 8, 2002
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      George, how may we go about obtaining a copy of your dissertation?
      Don K.
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      From: "Georg S. Adamsen" <gsa@...>
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      Sent: Thursday, May 09, 2002 5:09 AM
      Subject: [revelation-list] New dissertation on Parousia and Paraenesis in
      Revelation


      > Greetings!
      >
      > The Norwegian Lutheran School of Theology in Oslo, Norway,
      > (http://www.mf.no) has accepted the dissertation Parousia and
      > Paraenesis: The Parousia Motif and Its Paraenetic Use in the Book of
      > Revelation by cand.theol. Georg S. Adamsen, The Lutheran School of
      > Theology in Aarhus, Denmark, (http://www.teologi.dk) for public defence
      > for the degree Doctor Theologiae (dr.theol.). The defence will take
      > place at Saturday, June 8th, 2002 at 10:15 am (see
      > http://www.mf.no/forskning/doktorgradsliste.html#24)
      >
      > The official opponents will be Professor, teol.dr. David Hellholm,
      > University of Oslo, and Reader, teol.dr. Håkan Ulfgard, University of
      > Linköping, Sweden. The third member of the committee is Professor,
      > dr.theol. Hans Kvalbein, NLST, who serves as chair of the committee.
      >
      > The submitted dissertation consists of Five Parts.
      >
      > Part I contains four introductory chapters which argue that the topic
      > parousia and paraenesis merits a specialised study (Chapter 1),
      > preliminarily define important concepts and terms such as parousia and
      > paraenesis (Chapter 2), discuss the role of the OT (Chapter 3) and the
      > methods and procedures (Chapter 4) in this study.
      >
      > Part II presents a preliminary study of the narrative character,
      > structure and setting of Revelation (Chapter 5), outlines the conceptual
      > OT background for the portrayal of the parousia in Revelation, i.e. the
      > OT imagery of theophany, divine warfare and judgment, the Day of the
      > Lord, and some other concomitant motifs (Chapter 6), and closes with
      > some concluding remarks (Chapter 7).
      >
      > Part III analyses the parousia motif in the pro- and epilogue (Chapter
      > 8), in the first vision in Revelation 1:9--3:22 (Chapter 9), and in the
      > second vision in Revelation 4:1--22:5 (Chapter 10). The author argues
      > that the whole prologue and the entire epilogue (apart from the very
      > last verse) concern the parousia and reveal that the main theme of the
      > two visions is the parousia. The analyses make clear that the parousia
      > is not only conceived of as a martial and judicial coming, i.e. as a
      > divine judgment warfare epiphany, but also as the coming of the
      > bridegroom. The aim of Chapter 9 and Chapter 10 is to substantiate that
      > the two main visions of Revelation concern the parousia of (primarily)
      > God and Christ by applying the parousia concept developed in the
      > preceding chapters of the dissertation. Thus, Chapter 9 argues that the
      > texts which in the first vision (Rev 1:9--3:22) refer to the coming of
      > Christ concern the parousia. Chapter 10 endeavours to demonstrate that
      > an outline of a parousian interpretation of the second vision (Rev
      > 4:1--22:5) can plausibly be provided. The author therefore concludes
      > that the parousia is the main theme of Revelation and the most important
      > issue (Chapter 13).
      >
      > Part IV (Chapter 12) deals with the paraenetic use of the parousia
      > motif. The author argues that there is a paraenetic use of the parousia
      > motif and that the paraenesis is directly related to the parousia and
      > the parousian Son of Man, not to a non-parousian martyrdom. The problem
      > which the paraenesis addresses is that many of the churches are no
      > longer properly prepared for the parousia. They therefore need to repent
      > in order to prevent the Son of Man's coming as a warrior-judge and
      > ensure that that he will come as their bridegroom. The churches who do
      > not need to repent are urged to remain faithful so that they will not
      > loose the salvific relationship they already have with Christ and, in
      > consequence, suffer the eternal judgment plagues instead of the
      > temporary defeat by Satan and his helpers followed by the resurrection.
      > Thus, the aim of the paraenesis is to urge the churches to be and remain
      > appropriately prepared for the coming of Christ which results in either
      > defeat and judgment or wedding and salvation, depending on people's
      > relationship to Christ. The paraenetic exhortations in the first vision
      > are supported by the second vision in general and a number of specific
      > passages in particular, and they are strongly reinforced by the epilogue
      > in that it explicitly urges all individual listeners to call for the
      > parousia.
      >
      > Part V (Chapter 13) garners the conclusions of the whole thesis and
      > concludes that the parousia is not only an important theme, but the
      > central main theme (Part III) as well as the focus of the paraenesis of
      > Revelation (Part IV), which is also indicated by the peculiar double
      > opening of the prologue. Thus, the theme and function of Revelation are
      > brilliantly integrated with its structure, or form. The few pertinent
      > studies of this theme and in particular those studies who have dealt
      > with various aspects of the parousia concept, outlined a path to a new
      > understanding of Revelation (Part I, Chapter 3). The starting point was
      > a combination of the analysis of the narrative structure of Revelation
      > and the Old Testament portrayal of the Day of the Lord and the divine
      > warfare which will take place on this day (Part II). The longer part of
      > the journey was then an analysis of the theme of Revelation on this
      > basis (Part III), while the shorter part (Part IV) surveyed the texts
      > once more in order to determine how the theme was used paraenetically.
      > The author believes that this is a substantial contribution to the
      > determination and understanding of Revelation's main theme and the
      > paraenetic use thereof.
      >
      > For a Danish summary, see
      > http://www.mf.no/forskning/sammendrag_adamsen.html.
      >
      > Georg S. Adamsen
      >
      >
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    • Georg S. Adamsen
      Greetings! The Norwegian Lutheran School of Theology in Oslo, Norway, (http://www.mf.no) has accepted the dissertation Parousia and Paraenesis: The Parousia
      Message 2 of 6 , May 9, 2002
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        Greetings!

        The Norwegian Lutheran School of Theology in Oslo, Norway,
        (http://www.mf.no) has accepted the dissertation Parousia and
        Paraenesis: The Parousia Motif and Its Paraenetic Use in the Book of
        Revelation by cand.theol. Georg S. Adamsen, The Lutheran School of
        Theology in Aarhus, Denmark, (http://www.teologi.dk) for public defence
        for the degree Doctor Theologiae (dr.theol.). The defence will take
        place at Saturday, June 8th, 2002 at 10:15 am (see
        http://www.mf.no/forskning/doktorgradsliste.html#24)

        The official opponents will be Professor, teol.dr. David Hellholm,
        University of Oslo, and Reader, teol.dr. Håkan Ulfgard, University of
        Linköping, Sweden. The third member of the committee is Professor,
        dr.theol. Hans Kvalbein, NLST, who serves as chair of the committee.

        The submitted dissertation consists of Five Parts.

        Part I contains four introductory chapters which argue that the topic
        parousia and paraenesis merits a specialised study (Chapter 1),
        preliminarily define important concepts and terms such as parousia and
        paraenesis (Chapter 2), discuss the role of the OT (Chapter 3) and the
        methods and procedures (Chapter 4) in this study.

        Part II presents a preliminary study of the narrative character,
        structure and setting of Revelation (Chapter 5), outlines the conceptual
        OT background for the portrayal of the parousia in Revelation, i.e. the
        OT imagery of theophany, divine warfare and judgment, the Day of the
        Lord, and some other concomitant motifs (Chapter 6), and closes with
        some concluding remarks (Chapter 7).

        Part III analyses the parousia motif in the pro- and epilogue (Chapter
        8), in the first vision in Revelation 1:9--3:22 (Chapter 9), and in the
        second vision in Revelation 4:1--22:5 (Chapter 10). The author argues
        that the whole prologue and the entire epilogue (apart from the very
        last verse) concern the parousia and reveal that the main theme of the
        two visions is the parousia. The analyses make clear that the parousia
        is not only conceived of as a martial and judicial coming, i.e. as a
        divine judgment warfare epiphany, but also as the coming of the
        bridegroom. The aim of Chapter 9 and Chapter 10 is to substantiate that
        the two main visions of Revelation concern the parousia of (primarily)
        God and Christ by applying the parousia concept developed in the
        preceding chapters of the dissertation. Thus, Chapter 9 argues that the
        texts which in the first vision (Rev 1:9--3:22) refer to the coming of
        Christ concern the parousia. Chapter 10 endeavours to demonstrate that
        an outline of a parousian interpretation of the second vision (Rev
        4:1--22:5) can plausibly be provided. The author therefore concludes
        that the parousia is the main theme of Revelation and the most important
        issue (Chapter 13).

        Part IV (Chapter 12) deals with the paraenetic use of the parousia
        motif. The author argues that there is a paraenetic use of the parousia
        motif and that the paraenesis is directly related to the parousia and
        the parousian Son of Man, not to a non-parousian martyrdom. The problem
        which the paraenesis addresses is that many of the churches are no
        longer properly prepared for the parousia. They therefore need to repent
        in order to prevent the Son of Man's coming as a warrior-judge and
        ensure that that he will come as their bridegroom. The churches who do
        not need to repent are urged to remain faithful so that they will not
        loose the salvific relationship they already have with Christ and, in
        consequence, suffer the eternal judgment plagues instead of the
        temporary defeat by Satan and his helpers followed by the resurrection.
        Thus, the aim of the paraenesis is to urge the churches to be and remain
        appropriately prepared for the coming of Christ which results in either
        defeat and judgment or wedding and salvation, depending on people's
        relationship to Christ. The paraenetic exhortations in the first vision
        are supported by the second vision in general and a number of specific
        passages in particular, and they are strongly reinforced by the epilogue
        in that it explicitly urges all individual listeners to call for the
        parousia.

        Part V (Chapter 13) garners the conclusions of the whole thesis and
        concludes that the parousia is not only an important theme, but the
        central main theme (Part III) as well as the focus of the paraenesis of
        Revelation (Part IV), which is also indicated by the peculiar double
        opening of the prologue. Thus, the theme and function of Revelation are
        brilliantly integrated with its structure, or form. The few pertinent
        studies of this theme and in particular those studies who have dealt
        with various aspects of the parousia concept, outlined a path to a new
        understanding of Revelation (Part I, Chapter 3). The starting point was
        a combination of the analysis of the narrative structure of Revelation
        and the Old Testament portrayal of the Day of the Lord and the divine
        warfare which will take place on this day (Part II). The longer part of
        the journey was then an analysis of the theme of Revelation on this
        basis (Part III), while the shorter part (Part IV) surveyed the texts
        once more in order to determine how the theme was used paraenetically.
        The author believes that this is a substantial contribution to the
        determination and understanding of Revelation's main theme and the
        paraenetic use thereof.

        For a Danish summary, see
        http://www.mf.no/forskning/sammendrag_adamsen.html.

        Georg S. Adamsen
      • Ian Paul
        Dear Georg Thank you for the information about the thesis--and every good wish for your viva. I was not clear whether you have written in English or Danish,
        Message 3 of 6 , May 9, 2002
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          Dear Georg

          Thank you for the information about the thesis--and every good wish for your
          viva.

          I was not clear whether you have written in English or Danish, and if the
          latter whether you have written anything in eg articles in English on this.

          If the paraenetic material is so dependent on the parousia motif, does its
          force also then depend on the ontological claims made by the parousia
          language? In other words, what is the relation between the metaphorical
          imagery deployed in the description of the parousia and the ontological
          reality it is depicting--this is now surely of crucial importance, is it
          not?

          Ian Paul

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          >From: "Georg S. Adamsen" <gsa@...>
          >To: "Revelation-List@Yahoogroups. Com" <revelation-list@yahoogroups.com>
          >Subject: [revelation-list] New dissertation on Parousia and Paraenesis in
          Revelation
          >Date: Thu, 9 May 2002 12:09:16 +0200
          >
          >Greetings!
          >
          >The Norwegian Lutheran School of Theology in Oslo, Norway,
          >(http://www.mf.no) has accepted the dissertation Parousia and
          >Paraenesis: The Parousia Motif and Its Paraenetic Use in the Book of
          >Revelation by cand.theol. Georg S. Adamsen, The Lutheran School of
          >Theology in Aarhus, Denmark, (http://www.teologi.dk) for public defence
          >for the degree Doctor Theologiae (dr.theol.). The defence will take
          >place at Saturday, June 8th, 2002 at 10:15 am (see
          >http://www.mf.no/forskning/doktorgradsliste.html#24)
          >
        • Georg S. Adamsen
          Dear Ian The thesis is in English. I have not written any articles in English (yet). I am not entirely sure whether I understand your question. Could you
          Message 4 of 6 , May 9, 2002
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            Dear Ian

            The thesis is in English. I have not written any articles in English
            (yet).

            I am not entirely sure whether I understand your question. Could you
            elaborate? Thank you.

            Georg


            > -----Original Message-----
            > From: Ian Paul [mailto:ian.b.paul@...]
            > Sent: Thursday, May 09, 2002 3:36 PM
            > To: revelation-list@yahoogroups.com
            > Subject: Re: [revelation-list] New dissertation on Parousia and
            > Paraenesis in Revelation
            >
            >
            >
            > Dear Georg
            >
            > Thank you for the information about the thesis--and every
            > good wish for your
            > viva.
            >
            > I was not clear whether you have written in English or
            > Danish, and if the
            > latter whether you have written anything in eg articles in
            > English on this.
            >
            > If the paraenetic material is so dependent on the parousia
            > motif, does its
            > force also then depend on the ontological claims made by the parousia
            > language? In other words, what is the relation between the
            > metaphorical
            > imagery deployed in the description of the parousia and the
            > ontological
            > reality it is depicting--this is now surely of crucial
            > importance, is it
            > not?
            >
            > Ian Paul
            >
          • Georg S. Adamsen
            Hi Don I sent 100 copies to NLST. They will be distributed in Scandinavia. I think (some of?) the major Scandinavian theological research libraries will have a
            Message 5 of 6 , May 9, 2002
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              Hi Don

              I sent 100 copies to NLST. They will be distributed in Scandinavia. I
              think (some of?) the major Scandinavian theological research libraries
              will have a copy, if not already, then shortly. At the LSTA we had a few
              copies for sale, but I am afraid that they have been sold already. I
              hope it will be published afterwards, but I have not made any contact to
              any publisher yet.

              Georg


              > -----Original Message-----
              > From: Don K [mailto:dkpret@...]
              > Sent: Thursday, May 09, 2002 3:20 AM
              > To: revelation-list@yahoogroups.com
              > Subject: Re: [revelation-list] New dissertation on Parousia and
              > Paraenesis in Revelation
              >
              >
              > George, how may we go about obtaining a copy of your dissertation?
              > Don K.
            • Don K
              Will a copy be available via inter-library perhaps? Thanks, Greorg, and good luck to you! Don K ... From: Georg S. Adamsen To:
              Message 6 of 6 , May 9, 2002
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                Will a copy be available via inter-library perhaps?
                Thanks, Greorg, and good luck to you!
                Don K
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                From: "Georg S. Adamsen" <georg.adamsen@...>
                To: <revelation-list@yahoogroups.com>
                Sent: Thursday, May 09, 2002 9:50 AM
                Subject: RE: [revelation-list] New dissertation on Parousia and Paraenesis
                in Revelation


                > Hi Don
                >
                > I sent 100 copies to NLST. They will be distributed in Scandinavia. I
                > think (some of?) the major Scandinavian theological research libraries
                > will have a copy, if not already, then shortly. At the LSTA we had a few
                > copies for sale, but I am afraid that they have been sold already. I
                > hope it will be published afterwards, but I have not made any contact to
                > any publisher yet.
                >
                > Georg
                >
                >
                > > -----Original Message-----
                > > From: Don K [mailto:dkpret@...]
                > > Sent: Thursday, May 09, 2002 3:20 AM
                > > To: revelation-list@yahoogroups.com
                > > Subject: Re: [revelation-list] New dissertation on Parousia and
                > > Paraenesis in Revelation
                > >
                > >
                > > George, how may we go about obtaining a copy of your dissertation?
                > > Don K.
                >
                >
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