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Blood Purification and the Temple in Revelation

Authors
  • Sanchez, Christian P.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft
Publisher
De Gruyter
Publication Date
Sep 04, 2023
Volume
114
Issue
2
Pages
246–263
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1515/znw-2023-0014
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
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Abstract

This article argues that many of Revelation’s ancient Jewish, Greek, and Roman audience members would have recognized a cosmic blood purification ritual at work in chapters 15–16. I contend first that many early audiences would have perceived the cosmos in Revelation as an operational temple (at least in Rev 4–16). I, then, expose similarities between the bowls of wrath and ancient blood purification rituals for sacred space. In the final section of this article, I demonstrate how many ancient audiences would have understood global pollution to be a major problem for Revelation’s narrative and how the blood purification-like ritual of Rev 15–16 resolves it.

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