Re: Word frequencies: 'God'
- 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.