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Hearing at the Boundaries of Vision Education Informing Cosmology in Revelation 9 by Sean Michael Ryan

Hearing at the Boundaries of Vision Education Informing Cosmology in Revelation 9

Part of the The Library of New Testament Studies Series


Hearing at the Boundaries of Vision Education Informing Cosmology in Revelation 9 by Sean Michael Ryan

This study considers how a significant variable, namely level of literary education (enkuklios paideia), might affect an ancient hearer's interpretation of Revelation 9. This volume focuses on how two hypothetical ancient hearer-constructs, with very different mental libraries , may interpret the rich cosmological imagery of Revelation 9. The first, ancient hearer-construct (HC1), the recipient of a minimal literary education, retains a Homeric cosmological model. The second ancient hearer-construct (HC2), by contrast, utilises a tertiary-level knowledge of Aratus and Plato to allegorically reinterpret the cosmological imagery of Rev 9 (cf. 'Hippolytus', Refutatio IV.46-50). The volume concludes by critically comparing the hypothetical responses of HC1 and HC2 with the early reception of Revelation 9 by Victorinus, Tyconius and Oecumenius (3rd-6th century CE), attentive to the educational attainment of each commentator.


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About the Author

Dr Sean Michael Ryan is a Lecturer in Biblical Studies at Heythrop College, University of London, UK.

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Publication date

7th November 2013


Sean Michael Ryan

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


296 pages


Biblical studies & exegesis



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