Original Research - Special Collection: Mag in die Nuwe Testament

Der 'Pantokrator': Die Inszenierung von Gottes Macht in der Offenbarung des Johannes

Tobias Nicklas
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 68, No 1 | a1048 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v68i1.1048 | © 2012 Tobias Nicklas | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 March 2011 | Published: 03 May 2012

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Tobias Nicklas, Katholisch-Theologische Fakultät Regensburg, Germany


God’s power according to Revelation. The article argues that the ‘power of God’ expressed by the title ‘Pantokrator’ in the Revelation of John should be interpreted against a concrete context and issues about God’s deeds of righteousness. From a human perspective God seems to be passive and silent concerning the suffering of believers caused by the enemies of God. However, God’s sovereignty transcends all secular and supernatural powers. The power of God manifests itself in the acts of Jesus the Messiah whose power is paradoxically proclaimed by his being described as both a lion and a lamb.


Images of God; ‘Pantokrator’; power of God; Revelation of John; formative Judaism


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