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Hearing at the Boundaries of Vision: Education Informing Cosmology in Revelation 9
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Hearing at the Boundaries of Vision: Education Informing Cosmology in Revelation 9

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Bloomsbury 2013

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Overview

This study considers how a significant variable, namely level of literary education (enkuklios paideia), might affect an ancient hearer's interpretation of Revelation 9. This volume focuses on how two hypothetical ancient hearer-constructs, with very different "mental libraries", may interpret the rich cosmological imagery of Revelation 9.

The first, ancient hearer-construct (HC1), the recipient of a minimal literary education, retains a Homeric cosmological model. The second ancient hearer-construct (HC2), by contrast, utilises a tertiary-level knowledge of Aratus and Plato to allegorically reinterpret the cosmological imagery of Rev 9 (cf. 'Hippolytus', Refutatio IV.46-50). The volume concludes by critically comparing the hypothetical responses of HC1 and HC2 with the early reception of Revelation 9 by Victorinus, Tyconius and Oecumenius (3rd-6th century CE), attentive to the educational attainment of each commentator.

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Key Features

  • Examples how educational levels affect interpretation for the original audience
  • Recent developments in Johannine studies
  • In-depth academic treatment of significant texts and themes in Johannine literature

Contents

  • Graeco-Roman Cosmologies
  • Hearer-Construct One (HC1): Interpretation of the Cosmology of Rev 9:1-19
  • Hearer-Construct Two (HC2): Interpretation of the Cosmology of Rev 9:1-12
  • Victorinus, Tyconius and Oecumenius: Interpretation of the Cosmology of Rev 9

Product Details

  • Title: Hearing at the Boundaries of Vision: Education Informing Cosmology in Revelation 9
  • Author: Sean Michael Ryan
  • Series: Library of New Testament Studies
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 296
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Topic: Johannine Studies

About Sean Michael Ryan

Sean Michael Ryan is a Lecturer in Biblical Studies, Heythrop College, University of London

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