Angel Veneration & Christology: A Study in Early Judaism & by Loren T. Stuckenbruck

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In in Scholarly Approaches to Christology in the Apocal ypse of John for apocalyptic literature in which the streams of eschatology and 29 knowledge of the mysteries of the universe were merging. The importance of this direction of research may be suggested as fol­ lows: To the extent that the Apocalypse of John belongs to a particular--that is, apocalyptic--genre its of author' s Christology eschatology. teraction history With between is of literature cannot respect Christology complemented by be to Early exhausted the and a in proposed Judaism, by understanding consideration study, eschatological vertical an this movement dimension, that of means in is, dimensions that the the of the in­ horizon position of and function of Christ within the cosmos envisaged by the author.

SMEND, W . O. E. H. ROBINSON ) . 45 See PETERSEN' s brief discussion of monotheism in Old Testament the­ ology in "Israel and Monotheism, " especially 92, 104 n. C. P. LEMCHE in "Monotheism - A Misused Word" 1-2. HAYMAN himself contends that "it is hardly ever appropriate to use the term monotheism to describe the Jewish idea ·of God" (p. 2). 17 "Monotheism" in antiquity does not have to depend on whether only one God was thought to exist or whether there was an exclusive worship of one God in a pure form.

HURTADO leaves his readers with the impression that he has chosen a cat­ egory which can be easily dismissed when it comes to possible Jewish anteced­ ents to Christology, but which can nevertheless be adopted as a criterion which to measure the distinctiveness of the Early Christians' christ­ against ological convictions. " Whatever the connotations of terms such as " (cultic) veneration," " (cultic) devotion, " "worship , " and "cult," their virtual iden- tification by HURTADO betrays a certain ambiguity with respect to what both sides of the discussion are attempting to convey.

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