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Falling Stars and Rising Smoke: Imperial Apotheosis, Idolatry, and the Christology of Revelation

Whitaker, Robyn J (2011) Falling Stars and Rising Smoke: Imperial Apotheosis, Idolatry, and the Christology of Revelation. In: Imagery in the Book of Revelation. Peeters, Leuven, pp. 199-218,. ISBN 978-90-429-2494-9

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Abstract

This essay explores the Greco-Roman context of the Book of Revelation and shows that it reflects a thorough knowledge of the political-religious milieu of the Roman Empire. The author compares the well known practise of imperial apotheosis and its accompanying imagery with the descriptions of Christ and the Fall of Babylon in Revelation. She argues that the apotheosis imagery informs our reading of these passages of Revelation revealing a highly competitive dualism between Christ and the Emperor.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords (separated by commas): Revelation, Christology, Imperial Apotheosis, Stars
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subject Area(s): B - New Testament
Association with University of Divinity: TRC: Trinity College
Depositing User: Revd Dr Robyn Whitaker
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2016 14:49
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2016 14:49
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2021

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