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Hypothesis, pt 2

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

You’ll need to have read this first.

From my very brief survey of some literature, I don’t think anyone has properly expressed this idea of mine: that the depiction of Christ and his victory over evil is told in a manner reminiscent of or alluding to the Conquest of Canaan and subsequent Israelite kingdom. Beale clearly picks up the Ezekiel references in his JSNT volume as well as in the CNTUOT. However, this is the simply the most obvious reference in there. Has no one else thought of this?

Now, if I’m to actually follow this through:
1) I’d need to show that this idea of mine actually has some sort of exegetical support
2) I’d need to do work in Joshua
3) I’d need to find all occurrences of God basically going to war

Revelation [New Covenant Commentary Series]

Monday, March 7th, 2011

by Gordon Fee
Cascade Books; Eugene, Oregon: 2011
$67.95 @ Moore Books

The Meta-Ladd issue

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

I mentioned previously that GE Ladd is the main proponent of historic premillennialism. Thing is, there is a massive lack of literature on this form of premillennialism after him. It’s like people stopped caring or something, or they forgot that their team was batting that week and didn’t bring enough guys. So while I could interact with Ladd, I have no idea if anyone has picked up the baton, scholarly speaking, and run with it. The Don puts his card on this table, but we’re all still waiting for his Revelation commentary (much like we’re all waiting for Barry Webb to finish his Judges commentary).

Looks like job for ATLA then. Or Google.

According to George

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

For a very long time, ‘premillennialism’ = ‘dispensationalist’. Then George Eldon Ladd turned up.

GE Ladd is known for promoting a form of premillennialism that wasn’t dispensational. Pretty much all his books on eschatology are about developing his view, which bears the label ‘historic premillennialism’. Essentially, it’s like amillennialism in many respects – such as how to interpret OT prophecy – only, there’s a millennial period before the entire creation thing wraps up.

Firstly, why historic? Well, the idea is that the early church proponents of a millennium didn’t have the hang ups and structures that dispensationalists brought to their exegesis. Back then, they were called ‘chiliasts’ from the Greek word for a thousand.

Secondly, why be so like amillennialism, and yet have a millennium? There’s not a lot written apart from Ladd, and his main reason comes from his exegesis of Rev 20. Carson alludes to support from the OT for the idea of a millennial period, but I don’t know exactly which ones.

This means that I will have to do some pretty good exegesis of Rev 20, and also ferret out more recent writings that lean toward this form of premillennialism.

A hypothesis

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

This may well be the first of many. Or the first time I start attaching version numbers to hypotheses. Eh.

Anyway, my theory regards Rev 19:11-20:10, though I my revise those verse borders depending on development. Essentially, I think that this section alludes to the conquest of Canaan and the Davidic monarchy, and actually idealizes it, ie. uses it and forms it into an ideal conquest and ideal kingdom. I’ll need to read some commentaries before I advance further, but here are some gut feelings:
1) the conquest and overthrow of the Beast and the False Prophet represent the ideal of what the conquest of Canaan was supposed to do – overthrow the Canaanite kingdoms, obliterate the Canaanite religions.
2) the appearance of the angel who commands the armies of the Lord at the end of Joshua 5?
3) the Davidic monarchy lasted for just over 400 years. 1000 years represents an ideal, complete, large amount of time in that vein.
4) the lifting of the siege in the time of Hezekiah is considered one of those pivotal ‘God saves’ moments, since it was pretty clear that Israel did jack-all contribution to their own salvation there. The whole Gog-Magog business represents the next stage after Babylonian conquest – in a sense, they are the ‘ideal’ enemy. And yet, like in Hezekiah’s time, God himself will intervene to bring judgment on the ultimate enemy.

I’d appreciate thoughts even at this ridiculously early stage.

Enter the Falcon

Friday, February 11th, 2011

This year, as many of you may well know by now, my project will be centred on the Millennium in Rev 20. I will be detailing my progress in a series of posts that I hereby dub ‘The Millennium Falcon series’, more or less because I’m a Star Wars fan. Also it will enable me to refer to this series as ‘The Falcon’ and thus eliminate the need to be constantly pronouncing millenialism. To follow it, use the category links on the side.