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Professor and class,
“Apocalypse” came from the Greek word apokalypsis, which means “revealed” (White). Two examples of apocalyptic literature in the Bible would be the books of Daniel and Revelation (Robinson; White). Apocalyptic reasoning has been considered “the child of prophecy in a new idiom.” This type of prophetic literature has been referred to as “a product of hope and despair; hope in the eternal power of God and despair over the present evil conditions of the world” (White). For Christians, these are predictions to come where evil will finally be dealt with and perfect peace will be restored, which has not been seen since before humanity sinned in the Garden of Eden.
If a prophet speaks a prophesy that does not come true, that prophesy is a false prophesy; therefore, making that prophet a false prophet. Deuteronomy 18:22 points out that false prophets and their prophesies should not be feared. With that in mind, if a prophesy in apocalyptic literature is ever proven false, then that prophesy and every prophesy from that source should not be feared.
Are these letters applicable to us? For Christians, yes. For non-Christians, it depends on the individual reading them. For someone that does not know God and is seeking Him, yes. Other than that, probably not. Were they meant just for their intended recipients? For Christians, no. For non-Christians, most likely yes. How can we determine this? From a Christian perspective, 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (The Bible). Christians believe that every book in the Bible is the Word of God; therefore, everything in the scriptures was written for them. Christians believe that when they read the Bible, God speaks to them. From a non-Christian perspective, this is harder to answer. I would assume that those without faith and belief in the Word, will have a different and/or opposite view of it than those that do.
Robinson, B.A. “Apocalyptic Writings in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.” Religious Tolerance, 2009, www.religioustolerance.org/chr_ntb5a.htm. Accessed 17 Oct. 2022.
The Bible. King James Version. Bible Gateway, www.biblegateway.com. Accessed 17 Oct. 2022.
White, L. Michael. “Apocalyptic Literature in Judaism & Early Christianity.” Frontline, 2014, www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/apocalypse/primary/white.html. Accessed 17 Oct. 2022.
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There are two apocalyptic books in the Bible; Daniel in the Old Testament, and Revelations in the New Testament. The Greek meaning for the word apocalypse means revealed which gives insight into the type of characteristics that may be contained in the writings. Apocalyptic literature developed from prophetic traditions became popular after the birth of Jesus. Prophetic and apocalyptic literature are often the product of a difficult time. Apocalyptic literature provides hope for the future through God’s promises. It contains elements that often include: “rewritten history, a deterministic view of the world, strong moral dualism, predictions of supernatural intervention, guided tours of heaven, and divine deliverance after the shaking of the earth’s foundations” (Kaminsky).
Letters of the New Testament
Most of the New Testament text is in the form of actual letters while a few are in letter format but are actually essays/dissertations. Out of the 21 letters in the New Testament, 13 are claimed to be written by Paul with speculation that some may have been written by his disciples. While in captivity, it was important to Paul to write to the churches he helped found. These letters are known as the “Captivity Epistles”. Additionally, some of Paul’s letters were written to church leaders. These books are known as the “Pastoral Epistles”. I believe Paul’s letters are still applicable today. Although the letters were addressed to specific audiences, Paul intended for his letters to be used for encouragement and sharing throughout church communities. I feel that they are still serving the intended purpose, as the lessons are still applicable today.
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Kaminsky, Joel S., et al. The Abingdon Introduction to the Bible?: Understanding Jewish and Christian Scriptures. Abingdon Press, 2014. EBSCOhost, https://search-ebscohost-com.ezproxy2.apus.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&AuthType=ip&db=nlebk&AN=857246&site=ehost-live&scope=site.