RE: [revelation-list] Question
- I agree with you in as far as Nero is as good a metaphorical image as any
other cruel ruler we could name--Hitler or Stalin for instance. I recall
when Nicolae Ceausescu was ousted as ruler in Romania, some years back.
People in Romania were cheering, a woman on the street was asked by a TV
reporter, "Why are you celebrating?" The woman answered, "Haven't you heard?
We defeated the anti-christ?"
Personally, I do not believe that Revelation's description of the beast
needs any help from Nero in order to invoke feelings of dread or horror.
Thanks for commenting.
From: Dave Mathewson [mailto:d_mathewson@...]
Sent: Friday, September 07, 2001 8:58 AM
Subject: [revelation-list] Question
In response to Ed Garcia's question:
Is there value in finding a reference to Nero?
Given the character of a figure like Nero, could not Nero serve as a
paradigm of or model for a future eschatological adversary, whether in
John's day or our own? Thus, the figure of Nero could have provided a
powerful metaphorical image from the past (evoking fear) for perceiving
Roman ideology in the present and for depicting the ultimate adversary in
John's 'eschatological surplus'.
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