n Ekklesiastikos Pharos - "The nations in the four corners of the earth" (Rev 20:8) - apocalyptic interpretations of an eschatological rhetorical symbol

Volume 90, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1018-9556



The expression , explained as "the nations in the four corners of the earth" (Rev 20:8) has been placed at the centre of the public agenda by various interpreters. Some have come to different historical and geographical explanations while others prefer to view within a mythical framework, referring back to the traditions reflected in Ezekiel 38-39. How are we to understand the biblical ? The quotations of in different Jewish, Christian, Samaritan and Muslim apocalyptic writings open up a field of gripping hermeneutical possibilities. In this article different views are explored, to be followed by a next research contribution on the meaning of Rev 20:8 in the light of Ezek 38-39.

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