The Book of Revelation: Plagues as Part of the Eschatological Human Condition

Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte*

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Abstract

Although plagues and disease do not feature prominently in the book of Revelation, specific images from the book, including the four horsemen (Rev. 6) and bowls of wrath (Rev. 15–16), have been used in certain traditions in which epidemics and pandemics have been, and still are, being interpreted as part of the eschatological human condition: they are seen as inflicted on humanity, ultimately by an angry God, whose wrath will lead to a final judgment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-92
Number of pages18
JournalJournal for the Study of the New Testament
Volume44
Issue number1
Early online date3 Jul 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2021

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Keywords

  • angels
  • Devil
  • Epidemic
  • eschatology
  • plague
  • Revelation

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