RE: [revelation-list] Word frequencies: 'God'
- I too have been impressed for example by Bauckham's statement that "Lamb"
occurs 28 times in Revelation. However, I wonder whether the existence of
variant manuscript readings alters the statistics is some cases? If so, the
question remains whether the author or a later editor or copyist is
responsible for the frequency.
From: Ian Paul [mailto:editor@...]
Sent: Wednesday, 13 August 2003 4:07 AM
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Subject: [revelation-list] Word frequencies: 'God'
Dear list members
A number of people (especially Richard Bauckham) have looked at the
significance of word frequencies in Revelation.
I wonder if anyone had come across any comment on the fact that the word
'God' appears 96 (= 2 x 4 x 12) times in the book.
Revd Dr Ian Paul 32 Penn Hill Avenue, Poole, Dorset England BH14 9LZ
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>I too have been impressed for example by Bauckham's statement that "Lamb"the
>occurs 28 times in Revelation. However, I wonder whether the existence of
>variant manuscript readings alters the statistics is some cases? If so,
>question remains whether the author or a later editor or copyist isSteven
>responsible for the frequency.
Are you thinking of this as a general principle, or are there examples of
the word 'arnion' that you have in mind?
Would it be worth sharing my list of word frequencies, in case others have
- Alan asked
>This is intresting, but what significance do you think these wordI would argue that it is one of three ways that Revelation uses numbers to
>frequencies might have?
'embody' its theology, the other two being the use of square, rectangular
and triangular numbers, and gematria.
Bauckham believes that the use of word frequencies and patterning in
repetition of phrases is so widespread and consistent that it forms a
central part of the structuring of the book (chapter 1 of 'Climax'). In my
(popular level) Grove booklet I offer some hermeneutical criteria by which
we may discern whether these things are fanciful or indeed part of the book
which we need to take notice of, primarily by focussing on the issue of
reception by a first-century audience (rather than by depending on a notion
of author's intention.)
Bauckham draws on the frequency to help in formulating his understanding of
the theology of Revelation wrt these different terms, especially when it
comes to what Revelation says about God, the Spirit and Jesus.