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Creeping crusade : interpretation, discourse and ideology in the left behind corpus, rhetoric and society in the light of revelation 7

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dc.contributor.advisor Van den Heever, G.A. (Prof.) Mollett, Margaret 2011-02-22T09:57:29Z 2011-02-22T09:57:29Z 2010-02
dc.description.abstract While the Left Behind Corpus may be commended for being an effective tool for evangelism, the question arises of whether or not its themes engender a theology of extermination, indeed a creeping crusade; “creeping” in the sense of it being a movement of stealth and not one of high visibility – “crusade” in the sense of a militaristic movement, similar to that of the medieval crusades. I span my research across three artefacts in the LB Corpus in terms of its embedded interpretation, discourse and ideology; in fact three separate entities for explanatory purposes, but in effect they form a single entity of interaction and cross-production. I am therefore extending many niches of research and critical discourse to what I envisage as the wider context of the LB Corpus: its potential for social construction, and its enigmatic connections with other apocalyptic-driven and crusade-like movements. Based as it is on “consistent literalism,” the LB Corpus can only be countered by an exegetical approach that situates the foundational text for the Left Behind phenomenon, Revelation 7, in its historical setting, while taking cognisance of the particularities of early Christianity, with its Jewish heritage lived out in a Graeco-Roman environment. In offering an alternative reading, I take some cues from Vernon Robbins‟ socio-rhetorical approach and draw from perspectives of theorists across several disciplinary fields in pointing out anomalies in a consistent literalism driven interpretation of Revelation 7. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xvi, 261 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Apocalypticism en
dc.subject Dispensationalism en
dc.subject Dominionism en
dc.subject Socio-rhetoric criticism en
dc.subject Literalism en
dc.subject Dispensationalism en
dc.subject.ddc 001.9
dc.subject.lcsh Revelation
dc.subject.lcsh Rapture (Christian eschatology) -- History of doctrines
dc.subject.lcsh Rapture (Christian eschatology) -- Controversial literature
dc.subject.lcsh Dominion theology
dc.subject.lcsh Bible. N.T. Revelation VII -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
dc.title Creeping crusade : interpretation, discourse and ideology in the left behind corpus, rhetoric and society in the light of revelation 7 en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department New Testament Thesis (D.Litt. et Phil. (Biblical Studies))

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