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Das Buch ohne Siegel. Zur zeitgeschichtlichen Referentialität der Johannesapokalypse

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This article wants to add some methodological precision to the contemporary-historical interpretation of Revelation as it has become conventional: When John the seer refers to the world in which his addressees live, he does not only produce an encoded picture thereof, but, within his world of images and by his radicalizing interpretation and evaluation, he endows it with added cognitive value: The book wants to enable its readers to make sense of the world in which they live. Basic hermeneutical reflections and three case studies (Rev 2–3; Rev 6; Rev 13/17) show that the imagery of Revelation does depart from concrete phenomena in the cities of Asia Minor, but, at the same time, moves beyond mere historical reference.


Language: German

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: March 1, 2013

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  • Edited by Jörg Frey, Clare K. Rothschild, Jens Schröter and Francis Watson

    Managing Editor: Jens Schröter

    The journal is concerned with early Christianity as a historical phenomenon. Thereby, "Early Christianity" aims to overcome certain limitations which have hindered the development of the discipline, including the concept of the "New Testament" itself. The journal, then, is taken to cover not only the first Christian century but also the second.

    This journal will not, however, give any special prominence to reception-history or to the second century. The total phenomenon called "early Christianity" comprises a kaleidoscopic range of individual phenomena, including communal structures, social norms, discursive practices, points of conflict, material remains, and much else – far more than just the production and reception of texts. This journal will strive to reflect this multiplicity of contexts, in the expectation of new light on our subject-matter from a variety of angles.

    "Early Christianity" will appear four times a year. Each issue will contain four (or five) articles, at least one of which will be in German, together with sections devoted to new books, new discoveries, and new projects. Every issue will be the primary responsibility of each of the four co-editors in turn, every alternate issue will be devoted to a specific theme.

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