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Saving God's Reputation The Meaning of Pistis Iesou in the Cosmic Narratives of Revelation by Sigve Tonstad

Saving God's Reputation The Meaning of Pistis Iesou in the Cosmic Narratives of Revelation

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Saving God's Reputation The Meaning of Pistis Iesou in the Cosmic Narratives of Revelation by Sigve Tonstad

Scholars generally see the aspiration of the Roman Empire and the imperial cult in Asia Minor as the great villain in Revelation , treating the depiction of a cosmic conflict in the book mostly as metaphors that hold little or no explanatory power in the story. This book pursues the conviction that the cosmic conflict imagery is the primary and controlling element in the account. Such a reading puts the war-in-heaven theme in the foreground and calls on interpreters to pay more attention to the heavenly being whose attempt to subvert the truth about the divine government is the unremitting concern in Revelation . This book redresses the distortion that results from leaving the larger conflict theme underexposed. Having first developed the story line, it aims is to show that the phrase 'Pistis Iesou' in Revelation is best understood when Revelation is read as a theodicy of God's handling of the reality of evil.


[B]y far the best contemporary defense of the Adventist position on the great controversy there. It is a must read for every pastor! Kayle de Waal, Ministry--Sanford Lakoff Ministry

About the Author

Sigve K. Tonstad, MD, M.A. (Loma Linda University, USA) has a Ph.D from the University of St. Andrews, UK. He is in consideration for the deanship of the School of Religion, La Sierra University, California, USA.

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Publication date

20th November 2006


Sigve Tonstad

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T.& T.Clark Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


250 pages




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