Re: [revelation-list] Constellations in Revelation
- I know that R. H. Charles in his commentary (1:315-16) discusses the possibility that the crown of twelve stars in Rev 12 was in the original sources behind this vision a reference to the signs of the zodiac, although he acknowledges that in the present text the writer has adapted the symbol for Christian purposes. He also considers the 12 stones in the description of the New Jerusalem as representative of the signs of the zodiac in reverse order.Adela Yarbro Collins (Combat Myth) also discusses the crown as representative of the signs of the zodiac as a portrayal of the woman as the Queen of Heaven. She discusses iconographic examples from pagan gods in this connection.David Aune in his commentary (2:681) also refers to the crown of 12 stars as the signs of the zodiac in connection to the background of Rev 12 being pagan mythology.-----------------------------------------------------------
Philip L. Mayo
Fuller Theological Seminary
Azusa Pacific University----- Original Message -----From: ChristopherSent: Wednesday, March 19, 2003 11:02 PMSubject: [revelation-list] Constellations in RevelationI am currently researching the significance of the many allusions to the constellations in the book of Revelation (particularly in chapters 12 to 14). My particular focus at present is the possibility of using these allusions in determining the structure of the book. I have read the recent works by Pilch, Malina and Chevalier but I am finding it difficult to locate any other works which touch on this subject. Any help in identifying books or dissertations or other materials would be greatly appreciated.Dr. Christopher Peppler
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- As you may know, E. W. Bullinger talks about the constellations in
his commentary on Revelation, The Apocalypse, and in The Witness of
the Stars. I have to wonder, if Revelation was inspired by the
zodiac, was Genesis 37:9 also? There seems to be a clear allusion.
But I suppose we could say much of the symbolism in the bible is so
inspired. Months, weeks, days, etc. are all based on astronomy.
- Aune offers several interpretations of Armageddon including one from the LXX
referencing Zech 12:11 "in the plain of that which is cut down" reflecting
the translators view that megiddon was derived from the Hebrew root gdd to
I am unable to find this Hebrew root in BDB - would it be gada (Strong
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Catch the foxes for us,
the little foxes that make havoc of the vineyards,
for our vineyards are in flower. (Song 2.15)
- On 25 Mar 2003 at 7:21, Bob MacDonald wrote:
> Aune offers several interpretations of Armageddon including one fromThe LXX translator may have understood the Hebrew word in Zechariah
> the LXX referencing Zech 12:11 "in the plain of that which is cut
> down" reflecting the translators view that megiddon was derived from
> the Hebrew root gdd to cut down.
> I am unable to find this Hebrew root in BDB - would it be gada (Strong
12:11 to derive either from the root gdd (Strong 1413) or gd( (=gimel
dalet ayin; Strong 1438).
You may also want to look up page 119 in
Jansma, Taeke. 1949. Inquiry into the Hebrew Text and the Ancient
Versions of Zechariah IX-XIV. Leiden: E. J. Brill.