God and History in the Book of Revelation: New Testament Studies in Dialogue with Pannenberg and Moltmann

God and History in the Book of Revelation: New Testament Studies in Dialogue with Pannenberg and Moltmann

God and History in the Book of Revelation: New Testament Studies in Dialogue with Pannenberg and Moltmann

God and History in the Book of Revelation: New Testament Studies in Dialogue with Pannenberg and Moltmann

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This interdisciplinary study brings together a reading of the Book of Revelation with an assessment of the work of Wolfhart Pannenberg and Jürgen Moltmann on the theology of history. Although both theologians have been influenced by apocalyptic, there has been no detailed study of their work in the light of Revelation, the most important Christian apocalypse.

Chapter 1 sets Pannenberg and Moltmann in their context, showing the influences which have shaped their work. Chapter 2 examines some of the methodological issues which arise in relating scripture and systematic theology together.

Chapters 3–5 form a detailed study of Revelation, exploring the way in which the author uses the dimensions of space and time to make theological points about the relationship between God and history. This in turn encourages faithfulness to God in the present.

Chapter 6 is a detailed assessment of the theologies of history developed by Pannenberg and Moltmann, including their views on the nature of the historical process, and the use of apocalyptic ideas in eschatology. Their proposals are analysed alongside conclusions from the reading of Revelation in chapters 3–5.

The study therefore constructs a dialogue between biblical interpretation and systematic theology, giving due weight to both disciplines.

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