Steadfast Smyrna Chapter 7

MESSENGER PREAMBLE FORMULA—2:8 ..........p. 180

  • Description of the Suzerain ..........p. 181
  • The transcendent Suzerain is the first and the last—2:8b ..........p. 181
  • Fig. 52. Small reliefs of the mother goddess Cybele/Tyche.
  • The Suzerain: dead and has come to life—2:8c..........p. 183
  • Fig. 53. Painting of a phoenix from the Musicians Cave, Israel.

HISTORICAL PROLOGUE—2:9 ..........p. 188

  • The suzerain knows their afflictions—2:9a ..........p. 189
  • The suzerain knows their poverty and riches—2:9b..........p. 190
  • The suzerain knows the enemy—2:9c ..........p. 193
  • Summary ..........p. 200

ETHICAL STIPULATIONS—2:10..........p. 200

  • First imperative: do not fear—2:10a ..........p. . 201
  • Second imperative: be faithful to death—2:10b ..........p. 209

SANCTIONS: BLESSINGS—2:10C, 11B ..........p. 211

  • The blessing of the crown of life—2:10c ...........p. 211
  • Fig. 54. Coin with the goddess Tyche/Cybele wearing a turreted crown.
  • Fig. 55. Statue of a runner wearing the laurel wreath awarded to the winner.
  • The blessing of no second death—2:11b ..........p. .. 221
  • Summary ..........p. 223

PROCLAMATION WITNESS FORMULA—2:11A ..........p. 223

CONCLUSION ..........p. 224

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Figure 173

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