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

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

Sean Michael Ryan

| Bloomsbury | 2013

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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 is the ancient hearer-construct (HC1), a recipient of minimal literary education, retains a Homeric cosmological model. The second ancient hearer-construct (HC2), by contrast, utilizes a tertiary-level knowledge of Aratus and Plato to allegorically reinterpret the cosmological imagery of Rev 9 (as in 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 (third to sixth century), attentive to the educational attainment of each commentator.

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  1. T&T Clark Johannine Studies (10 vols.)