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Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Notes on "Revelation"

[Since receiving my M.Div. from SBTS, I've been reviewing some notes that I took on Revelation 1-3 in studying for my Greek Syntax and Exegesis class. The following are some notes I have from the first word of Revelation: =ApokavluyiV.]


Translated "apocalypse" or "revelation." This word "expresses the subject and nature of the book" (G.K. Beale, The Book of Revelation, 181). =ApokavluyiV, or some form of this word, occurs in the NT "44 times (verb, 26; noun 18), nearly always with the basic thrust 'to uncover what has formerly been hidden'" (Grant Osborne, Revelation, 52). "The book is a heightened form of prophecy, which can be referred to as 'apocalyptic,' as apparent from the use of 'apocalypse' and 'prophecy' in vv. 1-3 and in 22:7" (Beale, 181). As used in Revelation, "apocalypse" does not seem to refer to a technical genre of Greek literature, as this word for revelation and related words have specific meanings- meanings that do not necessarily coincide with extra-biblical uses of the term- both in this book and in the rest of the NT canon; therefore, the conventions of extra-biblical "apocalyptic literature" have limited value (at best) in exegesis of the book of Revelation.



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