Revelation 12: an apocalyptic 'church history'?

Paul Barnett

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This paper focuses on Rev 12 and seeks to inquire whether it is rooted in past 'Christian' history. Most commentators see this chapter as informed by the 'combat myth', whether explicitly or implicitly. Few scholars consulted made any connections with Herod or the Slaughter of the Innocents. This chapter commences a long and important sequence extending to 14:20. Unlike earlier sequences it lacks specific numbering, though a similar format of six sections followed by a (two-part) interlude ahead of a seventh section can be discerned.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe New Testament in its first century setting
Subtitle of host publicationessays on context and background : in honour of B.W. Winter on his 65th birthday
EditorsP.J. Williams, Andrew D. Clarke, Peter M. Head, David Instone-Brewer
Place of PublicationGrand Rapids, Mich
PublisherWilliam B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)0802828345
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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