n Ekklesiastikos Pharos - "The nations in the four corners of the earth" (Rev 20:8) - apocalyptic interpretations of an eschatological rhetorical symbol
|Article Title||"The nations in the four corners of the earth" (Rev 20:8) - apocalyptic interpretations of an eschatological rhetorical symbol|
|© Publisher:||Institute for Afro-Hellenic studies|
|Author||Jan A. Du Rand|
|Publication Date||Jan 2008|
|Pages||306 - 313|
|Keyword(s)||University of Johannesburg|
The expression Gog and Magog, 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 Gog and Magog within a mythical framework, referring back to the traditions reflected in Ezekiel 38-39. How are we to understand the biblical Gog? The quotations of Gog and Magog 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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