Re: [revelation-list] Prophecy
- Dear Alain
I have looked at the way in which the promises to each church "who conquers"
are fulfilled in chapters 19-22. The only reward which doesn't seem to be
administered in the final section is the hidden manna and white stone
promised to Pergamum (although the 'new name' is given).
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> From: "P. Alain-Marie de Lassus" <alain.m.delassus@...>
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> Date: Sat, 26 Apr 2003 21:18:41 +0200
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> Subject: [revelation-list] Prophecy
> I am currently working on the letters to the seven churches of Asia, trying
> to better understand their place and function in the book as a whole.
> I am wondering if their place at the beginning of Revelation would not be
> explained by the usual macrostructure of Old Testament prophetic books. As a
> matter of fact, it has been noticed that Proto-Isaiah, Jeremiah (LXX) and
> Ezekiel share a common macrostructure in three parts:
> Oracles about Juda Oracles about Promisses
> and Jerusalem the nations
> Isa. 1-12 Isa. 13-27 Isa. 28-35
> Jer. LXX 1:1 - 25:13 Jer. 25:14-32:28 Jer. 33-42
> Ezek 1-24 Ezek 25-32 Ezek 33-48
> (on this, see J. VERMEYLEN, "L'unité du livre d'Isaïe" in "The Book of
> Isaiah", BETL 81, Louvain: Leuven University Press, 1989, 28-32)
> It has also been noticed that the Twelve Prophets considered as a whole have
> been ordered by the LXX according to a similar order. For instance, Hoseah,
> Amos and Micah (coming first according to the LXX order) deal mainly with
> Israel and Judah.
> (see P. M. BOGAERT, "L'organisation des grands recueils prophétiques" in
> "The Book of Isaiah", BETL 81, 147-143).
> Wouldn't the Book of Revelation, which claims to be a prophetic book, use a
> similar macrostructure in three parts in which:
> - Rev. 1-3 would be similar to the oracles about the People of God
> - Rev. 6-20 would be similar to the oracles about the nations (it does not
> matter here how these chapters are organized)
> - Rev. 21-22 would be similar to the promisses
> Has any commentator of Revelation ever used such an hypothesis? Any input on
> this would be welcome.
> Alain M. de Lassus
> Ecole Saint Jean
> Notre Dame de Rimont
> F - 71390 Fley
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