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Title:
The letters to the seven churches of Asia in their local setting
Author:
Hemer, Colin J.
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Publication Information:
Grand Rapids, Mich. : W.B. Eerdmans Pub. ; Livonia, Mich. : Dove Booksellers, 2001.

©1989
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xxii, 338 pages ; 23 cm.
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Originally published: Sheffield : JSOT Press, 1986.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780802847140
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Book

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With a new foreword by David E. Aune This modern classic by Colin Hemer explores the seven letters in the book of Revelation against the historical background of the churches to which they were addressed. Based on literary, epigraphical, and archaeological sources and informed by Hemer's firsthand knowledge of the biblical sites, this superb study presents in the clearest way possible a picture of the New Testament world in the later part of the first century and its significance for broader questions of church history.


Author Notes

Colin J. Hemer (1930-1987) was a research fellow at Tyndale House in Cambridge, England


Table of Contents

David E. Aune
Prefacep. ix
Abbreviationsp. xii
Forewordp. xv
Chapter 1 Introduction
1. The Topic Introducedp. 1
2. The Historical Problemp. 2
3. The Character and Destination of the Revelationp. 12
4. Methods and Sourcesp. 20
Chapter 2 The Patmos Background
1. John on Patmosp. 27
2. Patmos and the Imagery of the Revelationp. 29
3. Preliminary Notes on Revelation 1p. 30
4. The Problem of the Angelsp. 32
Chapter 3 Ephesus
1. Introductoryp. 35
2. The Jewish Element in the Background of the Letterp. 36
3. The Tree of Lifep. 41
4. The Asylum of Artemisp. 48
5. The Paradise of Godp. 50
6. Ephesus as the 'City of Change'p. 52
7. Conclusions Summarizedp. 55
Chapter 4 Smyrna
1. Introductoryp. 57
2. The First and the Lastp. 60
3. The Background of the Church in Smyrnap. 65
4. The Crown of Lifep. 70
5. Conclusionsp. 76
Chapter 5 Pergamum
1. Introductoryp. 78
2. The Throne of Satanp. 82
3. Balaam and the Nicolaitansp. 87
4. The Manna and the White Stonep. 94
5. Conclusionsp. 104
Chapter 6 Thyatira
1. Introductoryp. 106
2. Chalkolibanosp. 111
3. Jezebelp. 117
4. The End of the Letterp. 124
5. Relations with the Later Chaptersp. 126
6. Conclusions Summarizedp. 127
Chapter 7 Sardis
1. Introductoryp. 129
2. Jews and Pagans in Sardisp. 134
3. The Text of the Letterp. 140
4. Conclusionsp. 150
Chapter 8 Philadelphia
1. Introductoryp. 153
2. First Century Philadelphiap. 156
3. The Text of the Letterp. 160
4. The Evidence of the Later Philadelphian Churchp. 168
5. Summary and Conclusionsp. 174
Chapter 9 Laodicea
1. Introductory: The Cities of the Lycusp. 178
2. The Jewish Backgroundp. 182
3. The Laodicean Lukewarmnessp. 186
4. Propriis Opibusp. 191
5. Poor and Blind and Nakedp. 196
6. The Door and The Thronep. 201
7. Summary of Conclusionsp. 208
Epiloguep. 210
Notesp. 213
Select Bibliographyp. 284
Index of Biblical Referencesp. 298
Index of Inscriptionsp. 306
Index of Coinsp. 310
Index of Selected Greek Wordsp. 311
Index of Selected Hebrew and Latin Wordsp. 313
Index of Ancient Placesp. 314
Index of Ancient and Mythological Personsp. 318
Index of Ancient Authors and Primary Sourcesp. 323
Index of Modern Place Namesp. 326
Index of Modern Authorsp. 327
Subject Indexp. 331

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