RLST 152 - Lecture 24 - Apocalyptic and Accommodation
Lecture 24 - Apocalyptic and Accommodation
The Apocalypse of John showed an anti-Roman, politically revolutionary perspective. This is in contrast with Paul's writing in Romans 13, which calls for submission to governmental authorities - although passages in 1 Corinthians may be said to contradict this. 2 Thessalonians, a pseudonymous letter, also preaches a politically conservative and accommodative message, as does 1 Peter. Interestingly, these letters do not discard or ignore apocalypticism but use it quite differently from the author of Revelation to further their message of political conservatism. 2 Peter seems to be a letter dating from the second century, from the post-apostolic age. In 2 Peter, the apocalypse is no longer imminent and is not used to further any admonition. Instead, it has become simply a part of Christian doctrine.
Ehrman, Bart D. The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, pp. 426-435
Bible: 1 Peter; 2 Thessalonians