105 SOME ARCHETYPAL ORIGINS OF APOCALYPTIC PREDICTIONS* PauZ S. Minear Throughout the twentieth century, New Testament scholars, following upon the work of Johannes Weiss and Albert Schweitzer, have been obsessed with the problems involved in the recovery of early Christian eschatology.l As one example of this prob- lem, I have selected for study the predictions of the quaking of the heavens and the darkening of sun, moon and stars. The study will proceed through five stages: 1) a survey of the cognate predictions in the New Testament; 2) an analysis of factors that accentuate the hermeneutical difficulties; 3) a reference to the Old Testament texts in which the same expec- tations appear; an examination of the archetypes for these . texts as provided by the story of creation; 5) the implications of these archetypes for understanding early Christian apocalyp- tic. Survey of the New Testament Predictions Because the greatest concentration of solar images appears in the Book of Revelation, we begin our survey there. Perhaps the most familiar text appears in John's vision of the seven seals in Chapter 6. At the opening of the fifth seal, the proph et had seen "under the altar the souls of
Horizons in Biblical Theology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1979
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