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

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

in The Library of New Testament Studies

by Sean Michael Ryan

Pages 296
Publisher T&T Clark
Published 2012
ISBN-13 9780567604897
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.

  • Table of contents
  • List of Figures
  • Abbreviations
  • Acknowledgements
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Greek Encyclical Education
  • 3. Graeco-Roman Cosmologies
  • 4. Hearer-Construct One (HC1): Interpretation of the Cosmology of Rev 9:1-19
  • 5. Hearer-Construct Two (HC2): Interpretation of the Cosmology of Rev 9:1-12
  • 6. Victorinus, Tyconius and Oecumenius\: Interpretation of the Cosmology of Rev 9
  • 7. Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Index of References
  • General Index

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