JOHNSON PUTHUSSERY, DAYS OF MAN AND GOD'S DAY. An Exegetico-Theological Study of ήμέρα in the Book of Revelation
Time, one of the most important motifs in the Book of Revelation, is also a widely discussed theme among its commentators. The present work takes up a study of the term ήμέρα, which has a significant role in the book, for a new appraisal of the temporal element in the theological vision of its author. Based on the exegetico-theological study of this term within the progressively unfolding structure of the book, it is proposed that John presents in his narrative a unified theological vision of the days of man and God's Day and exhorts Christians to participate in the divine transformation of history.
This study has a major exegetical section which is divided into two parts, corresponding to the epistolary and the visionary sections in the Book of Revelation. The first chapter of Part One analyzes the first occurrence of the word ήμέρα which introduces the perspectives basic to the author's presentation of the motif of time and history. The second chapter considers two occurrences of this term in the letters to the churches and presents the context of his vision. The second part in three chapters takes up various instances of h`me,ra in the visionary section and attempts to decipher the process of the transformation of the days of man with the power of the resurrection of Christ, leading to the eschatological manifestation of God's Day. The final part consists of a theological resumÚ of the results of the exegetical study and a presentation of the Seer's unified theological vision of the days of man that embrace God's Day.
JOHNSON PUTHUSSERY, born in 1960 in Kerala, India, was ordained a priest in 1987. He is a member of the Little Flower Congregation (CST). He holds a Master's Degree in Theology from Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune, a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute and a Doctorate in Biblical Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome.
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