From: Greg Carey - Religion (CAREY@rhodes.edu)
Date: Mon Sep 30 1996 - 15:13:26 EDT
I'm not sure about Otto's response to my first point (that Rev 6:6 and its
context point to an imminent future), but we may simply be talking past one
Otto did ask about Hemer, who does associate Rev 6.6 with Domitian's decree.
(Hemer had little literary or rhetorical sophistication, but he was a tireless
researcher.) Here's the citation: Colin J. Hemer, THE LETTERS TO THE SEVEN
CHURCHES OF ASIA IN THEIR LOCAL SETTING (JSNTSup 11; Sheffield: Sheffield
Academic Press, 1986) 158-59, see also notes 21-25.
The Suetonius quote is: Ad summam quondam ubertatem vini, frumenti vero
inopiam, existimans nimio vinearum studio neglegi arva, exidit, ne quis in
Italia novellaret, utque in provinciis vineta succiderentur, relicta ubi primum
dimidia parte; nec exequi rem perseveravit (Dom 7.2; Hemer n. 22).
My Latin is atrocious, so figure it out for yourselves! If you need the rest
of Hemer's many sources, I'll forward them in another post (no Latin).
Thanks, Otto, for following up on this.
Department of Religious Studies
Memphis TN 38112 USA
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