The Destroyer and the Lamb: The Relationship Between Angelomorphic and Lamb Christology in the Book of Revelation

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Mohr Siebeck, 2005 - 311 Seiten
Matthias Reinhard Hoffmann identifies an angelomorphic portrait of Christ in certain passages of Revelation and provides possible reasons for the inclusion of an angelomorphic Christology: Angelomorphic Christology is not regarded as an isolated christological concept. In turn, the author compares angelomorphic Christology with the prominent Lamb Christology of Revelation. A comparison of these concepts reveals that both Lamb and angelomorphic Christology serve the purpose of contrasting different functions of Christ. The functions correspond with the implied perception of Christ by his followers on the one hand and his opponents on the other. Accordingly, Christ appears to be an eschatological juridical figure (described in angelomorphic patterns) to his opposition, while he is perceived as salvific redeemer (in form of the Lamb) by those who believe in him. Such a christological perspective draws on traditions from the Exodus narrative, namely the features of the Passover Lamb and the Destroying Angel. Further, equality between God and Christ is established despite an angelomorphic portrait of Christ: especially those passages describing Christ as the Lamb put him on par with God. But also within visions with an angelomorphic description of Christ, his status as superior to angels and as an equal to God is displayed.
 

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The Problems of Definitions
3
The Christology of Apc 14
30
Clarification of Linguistic Phenomena within Apc 14620
46
Angels and a Schema of Four Elements in Revelation?
56
Wirkungsgeschichte of Apc 14
78
Wºog YYekos
88
Lamb Christology in Relation to Angelomorphic
105
Conclusion
119
Angels Stars and Planets a Meaning for Christology?
201
Conclusion
210
The Christology of Apc 1
219
The Face like a Sun as an Angelomorphic Feature of Christ
230
Conclusion
244
Different Aspects of Christology in Revelation?
248
Selected Bibliography
255
Index of Authors
281

Paradoxes in the Apocalypse as Means of Describing Christ
148
The Christology in Apc 19
169

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Über den Autor (2005)

Matthias Hoffmann, Born 1969; Studies at the Christian-Albrechts-Universitat Kiel; 2004 Ph.D. in Theology (New Testament) at the University of Durham; currently editor at the Schleiermacher-Forschungsstelle (CAU Kiel).

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