Rethinking Revelation's Allusions

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klewis
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Rethinking Revelation's Allusions

Post by klewis » Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:35 am

The Book of Revelation has the most allusions to the Hebrew Scriptures than any other book in the Christian Scriptures. However, I think that the word allusion is the wrong word. I believe we should use Parallel formation because it represents the process that John is implementing when he is writing Revelation. For example here is how he uses the book of Zechariah into Revelation:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1WpWPI ... E7pXKsqTHo

The throne of God in Revelation is an inverted parallel with Ezekiel chapter 1:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1OBVIF ... _EpLbpX1OM

These are not mere allusion by memory nor are they quotations of the text. They are the product of Hebrew poetry in which the parallel is made from the source rather than the author writing both sides of the parallel.
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