Jesus in the Apocalypse of John: Implications for Early Christianity (Part I)

This post is part of an ongoing series examining the Christology of the Apocalypse of John. It is now the place to examine the implications for early Christianity derived from this study of Revelation. Before proceeding, this project would be remiss to extract the Christology of Revelation from its larger rhetorical and theological aims, whichContinue reading “Jesus in the Apocalypse of John: Implications for Early Christianity (Part I)”

Jesus in the Apocalypse of John: Christological Findings

This post is part of an ongoing series examining the Christology of the Apocalypse of John. Revelation’s Christological portrait paints Jesus as Lord through a variety of descriptors—names, images, and actions—but also through devotional identification of Jesus with Yahweh. Jesus functions as the visible form of Yahweh, the eternal God of Israel, whose redemptive workContinue reading “Jesus in the Apocalypse of John: Christological Findings”

Jesus in the Apocalypse of John: Hymnic Devotion

This post is part of an ongoing series examining the Christology of the Apocalypse of John. Consideration of additional hymnic evidence in Revelation confirms the appropriateness of Jesus’ worship alongside God. While Revelation’s hymns are sometimes less directly Christological than Paul’s adaptations and sometimes are argued to be literary transformation of Ephesian liturgical hymns,[1] theContinue reading “Jesus in the Apocalypse of John: Hymnic Devotion”

Jesus in the Apocalypse of John: Jewish Monotheistic Devotion

This post is part of an ongoing series examining the Christology of the Apocalypse of John. It is within the limits of acceptable monotheistic worship that the constellation of Revelation 19:10, 22:8–9, and 5:8–12 seems particularly insightful. In both Revelation 19:10 and 22:8–9 John attempts to worship the angel speaking to him.[1] In both instances,Continue reading “Jesus in the Apocalypse of John: Jewish Monotheistic Devotion”

Jesus in the Apocalypse of John: Jesus Devotion in Revelation

This post is part of an ongoing series examining the Christology of the Apocalypse of John. To this point, this study has examined Revelation’s names, images, and actions pertaining to Jesus, arguing that these characterizations conveyed the message that “Jesus is Lord.” This section examines the monotheistic context of Second Temple Judaism, considers Revelation’s portrayalContinue reading “Jesus in the Apocalypse of John: Jesus Devotion in Revelation”

Jesus in the Apocalypse of John: Sacrifice

This post is part of an ongoing series examining the Christology of the Apocalypse of John. Revelation 5:12 is particularly indicative of the importance of Jesus’ actions as sacrifice. The slain Lamb is worthy, not just because of who he is, but also because of what he has done—redeemed the world through his blood. AsContinue reading “Jesus in the Apocalypse of John: Sacrifice”

Jesus in the Apocalypse of John: Actions

This post is part of an ongoing series examining the Christology of the Apocalypse of John. As already touched on through the examination of names and images, Jesus performs a number of actions in the Apocalypse. This section notes three of the most important active roles fulfilled by Jesus: Seer, Sacrifice, and Conqueror, each ofContinue reading “Jesus in the Apocalypse of John: Actions”

Jesus in the Apocalypse of John: Depicting Jesus

This post is part of an ongoing series examining the Christology of the Apocalypse of John. The images employed in the Apocalypse of John reveal four key depictions of Jesus. First, Jesus is pastoral Lord of the Church. These pastoral images connect the Lord of the Church to the Lord of the Temple and Tabernacle,Continue reading “Jesus in the Apocalypse of John: Depicting Jesus”

Jesus in the Apocalypse of John: The Lamb

This post is part of an ongoing series examining the Christology of the Apocalypse of John. The image of the Lamb appears some twenty–nine times in Revelation, making it John’s favorite way to visually portray Jesus.[1] A number of competing conceptions of what this Lamb–image indicated to the original audience of Revelation have been offered.Continue reading “Jesus in the Apocalypse of John: The Lamb”

Jesus in the Apocalypse of John: Images

This post is part of an ongoing series examining the Christology of the Apocalypse of John. The images applied to Jesus in Revelation are of supreme importance, for “the theology of John is visual theology.”[1] While there are a riotous profusion of images used presenting Jesus, this section examines three of the most important: JesusContinue reading “Jesus in the Apocalypse of John: Images”