The Covenantal Framework of the Seven Messages

  •     Fig. 12. The Treaty of Kadesh discovered at Boğazköy, Turkey.

RESPONSE TO THE CRITICS ....p. 69

THE MESSENGER’S COMMISSION ....p. 71

  •     Angels defined as messengers ....p. 71
  •     Fig. 13. Stone carving of the winged angel Nike, Ephesus.
  •     Three categories of interpretation ....p. 72
  •     The angels’ function ....p. 75
  •     Messengers from an ANE perspective ....p. 76

MESSENGER PREAMBLE FORMULA ....p. 79

HISTORICAL PROLOGUE ....p. 82

  •     Fig. 14. Fragment of a Hittite tablet.

FORMAL ETHICAL STIPULATIONS ....p. 84

  • SANCTIONS ....p. 85
  •     Benediction ....p. 88
  •     Malediction ....p. 88

PROCLAMATION WITNESSES FORMULA ....p. 91

DEPOSIT AND PUBLIC READING ....p. 94

  •     Fig. 16. Replica of the Ark of the Covenant.
  •     Fig. 17. Woman holding wax tablets in the form of the codex and stylus.

METHODOLOGY ....p. 97

  •     The influence of the OT ....p. 97
  •     Historical churches ....p. 97
  •     Unity ....p. 98
  •     Hebraic-Semitic and Graeco-Roman presence ....p. 99
  •     John, in the OT prophetic tradition ....p. 99

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Kunsthistorisches Museum (no. IX A 79) Photograph by James Steakley, PD Roman cameo of Gemma Augustea (AD 9–12). A depiction of Emperor...