Re: Rev 6.6 and edict of Domitian

From: Otto Nordgreen (
Date: Wed Oct 02 1996 - 06:03:10 EDT

Georg S. Adamsen wrote:

>I just want to point to a serious critique which in my humble opinion
>seems to be rather to the point. Look at Leonard L. Thompson:
>_The Book of Revelation. Apocalypse and Empire_. OUP: 1990, pp.
>202-204. Hemer's book is valuable, but his parallelomania and
>disregard of the OT influence have weakened his thesis rather too

This is quite true -- one has to read Hemer's book very carefully. But also
L. L. Thompson (op.cit. p. 17) does in Rev 6:6 see a possible allution to
the Domitianic edict of 92 CE.

> One of the problems is that it is almost impossible to know
>whether his evidence would fit a, e.g., Neronian date, because he
>doesn't even consider this possibility which were almost a consensus
>view in the last century. Much of his evidence seems to support a
>Neronian date as well as a Vespasianian (wordform ?) date.

...or a Domitianic date, which is the date suggested by both Hemer and
Thompson. However, the idea of a Vespasianic date for the Apocalypse seems
very interesting to me. It has been sugged by S. Giet. (I tend to believe
that the 6th emperor of Rev was Vespasian...)

        - Otto

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