Fear of freedom : a feminist theological perspective on the book of Revelation

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dc.contributor.advisor Prof. J.A. du Rand en_US
dc.contributor.author McLachlan, Christine
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-11T07:49:31Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-11T07:49:31Z
dc.date.issued 2012-09-11
dc.date.submitted 2000
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/7392
dc.description M.A. en_US
dc.description.abstract The main aim of the research was to make the book of Revelation, often considered as a marginal book within the context of the Christian Bible, more accessible for contemporary readers. The study's first focus is on the contextualization of the creation of this book. The most accepted time frame in which this text was written is around 95-96 AD. The social-historical context in those years was investigated and possible crisis and conflict elements identified. Hypotheses about authorship was developed concluding that Revelation was probably written by a Jew who was part of an itinerant group which was viewed as apocalyptic prophets. The structure of the book of Revelation was investigated, as it is essential for the analysis of the contents. It was found that scholarship has not yet reach consensus of the book of Revelation. Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza nonetheless found general approval among scholars and thus was this chiastic surface structure applied on the book of Revelation. Other models of interpretation were investigated as well as key terminology. The focus then moved to feminist theology. It's origins, key terminology, important contributors and its contributions in the world were investigated. A couple of the new feminist hermeneutical and exegetical models that have been developed during the last decade were research concentrating especially on the twelve tenets developed from the notion of Denise Carmody's pillars of feminist theology. Revelation is interpreted by using these twelve tenets namely the quest for truth, meaning, justice, equality, love, hope, beauty, identity, empowerment, unity, happiness/fulfilment and freedom. Finally, this analysis is briefly evaluated in order to establish if the main aims namely: to arrive at a fresh interpretation of Revelation, making the book of Revelation more accessible to its readers, evaluating the book's relevance for today and developing the means to lead more believers or other readers from fear to freedom, was accomplished. The study concluded that this method had the potential to contribute towards a fresh interpretation of the apocalypse, and the identification of a meaningful message in the narrative. However, using this method exclusively in the exegetical analysis of the book of Revelation, tended to narrow the focus down to only a limited aspect of this rich and varied text. The findings of this research project suggested that, with further refinement, the Carmody-derived research process could fruitfully be used in conjunction with other feminist hermeneutical and exegetical models. Integrated in this manner, it has the potential to contribute towards a change in interpretive perspective and practice. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Bible -- Feminist criticism en_US
dc.subject Liberty -- Biblical teaching en_US
dc.subject Feminist theology en_US
dc.subject Bible N.T. Revelation -- Criticism, interpretation, etc. en_US
dc.title Fear of freedom : a feminist theological perspective on the book of Revelation en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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