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John’s Apocalypse: Dynamic word-images for a new world

Sergio Rosell
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 67, No 1 | a832 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v67i1.832 | © 2011 Sergio Rosell | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 April 2010 | Published: 14 April 2011

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Sergio Rosell, Seminario Evangélico Unido de Teología, Spain University of Pretoria, South Africa, Spain

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The aim of the article is to investigate the function of the symbols and images in the Apocalypse of John. Its aim is to focus on the ‘mental scenarios’ readers are bringing to the text, rather than on John’s supposed lack of ability to convey his message. The article discusses both the symbolic or iconographic and the evocative power within the historical situation which the author of the Apocalypse addresses. The article’s intention is to show how John reveals an alternative way of understanding history through the use of his particular imagery, aided by film theory tools and based on previous work that had perceived the Apocalypse’s ‘theatrical’ nature, in order to discover John’s use of images, their function and the new world he aims to portray.


Revelation; Images; Film; Visions; Christ


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