Re: How John Wrote the Book of Revelation Chapter 1
Posted: Mon Apr 22, 2019 3:02 pm
Good question,rakovsky wrote: ↑Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:09 amI respect the careful research that you put into this. Robert Price wrote, as quoted earlier:How can one prove definitively that this text was solely like a Christmas Carol, a carefully thought out and composed allegory of visions, and not an expansion of ideas that came in a dream-state, hallucination or trance like Crazy Horse's Dreams on his vision quest or shamanic vision stories?All careful readers know that Revelation is not simply an eyewitness account of a series of mind-blasting visions.
There are two assumptions that I will make. First, if John uses a process to create Revelation than he is not on drugs or having a vision. The process may be the vision but the vision is derived from the process. Second, if he in the later stages created complex parallels then they are not a product of a vision.
To understand the answer to this question you need to understand how Hebrew Poetry works, and its purpose. I have provided in my book an example of Hebrew Poetry https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lN8jRu ... sp=sharing (see also https://www.sbl-site.org/publications/a ... icleId=296 ). Please note, the term Complex Parallel is what I use, the real term is Chiasmus or an Inverted Parallel (Google it if you want to learn more or see examples).
I also ask you to review chapter 1 of my book https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QLNLgG ... sp=sharing.
So, now to the answer. This is what the first draft of Revelation looked like https://drive.google.com/file/d/12JZcor ... sp=sharing . Please note, first how John incorporates the Ezekiel Isaiah text into Revelation. Now imagine, that he does it the way the other drafts are described in chapter 1. This alone excludes the experience as a vision.
In the post processing part of Revelation John created this parallel https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gGkg-a ... sp=sharing. Please note, there are many parallels like this one covering all corners of the book of Revelation. Every section of Revelation has multiple parallels with other passages within Revelation.
Now as to why Revelation is the worse Greek in the Christian Scriptures. Most will say that he thought in Hebrew and wrote in Greek. I argue that his Greek was very good, just that the process in which he wrote required a polishing phase. Since John defined Domitian as the beast, and Domitian was assassinated, he wanted to publish it fast and thus skipped the finishing phase of his writing.