Re: [revelation-list] 144,000
- On 18 Dec 2007, at 17:08, KennethGentry@... wrote:
> I understand the untold multitude to be the eventual RESULT of theOK, but I wonder whether this relates to my earlier question about
> of the marked 144,000. The 144,000 are "first fruits" (Rev 14) which
> lead to
> a later, larger harvest.
what our shared assumptions are as a discussion group.
I think I have a difficulty with this approach, with has to do with
methodology. You appear (correct me if I am wrong) to be working from
a fairly high-level theological construction of what is happening in
relation to covenant themes, and then doing your exegesis in the light
of that, both in this post and the previous one. Your statement that
it takes a whole commentary to justify your exegesis of this
particular texts points to such an approach.
The difficulty here is that it is the text itself which is the source
of any theology we might do. So logically (if not temporally) exegesis
of the text must be prior to any higher level theological framework.
Without that discipline, all readings will be inherently circular. So
I could come to the text with a *different* theological conviction, do
my exegesis in the light of that, and so find the text supports my
quite alternative position.
Revd Dr Ian Paul
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