• Is the Adventist Hermeneutical Approach to Daniel and Revelation Changing?

    Author(s):
    Reinder Bruinsma
    Editor(s):
    Tom de Bruin (see profile)
    Date:
    2020
    Group(s):
    Spes Christiana (journal)
    Subject(s):
    Hermeneutics
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Adventist, Biblical Hermeneutics
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/yxr3-vt30
    Abstract:
    This article investigates whether, within Seventh-day Adventism, the hermeneutical approach is changing, in particular with regard to the prophetic portions of Daniel and Revelation: Is the traditional historicist position still dominant or are other approaches also making inroads? A number of official and semi-official sources are surveyed, as well as publications from scholars and popular authors. The article zooms in on the treatment of four issues in the interpretation of apocalyptic prophecy: (1) the year-day principle, (2) the identity of the little horn (Dan. 7) and the sea-beast (Rev. 13), (3) the seal of God and the mark of the beast, and (4) the number 666. It appears that the historicist approach continues to receive support, most strongly in official and semi-official publications, but less so in books by scholars and popular authors. Authors in the two latter categories are also inclined to attribute value to other approaches besides historicism. Quite generally, there is a tendency to be less specific, when compared to the past, in making specific historical applications to particular symbols.
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    Published as:
    Journal article    
    Status:
    Scheduled
    Last Updated:
    2 months ago
    License:
    Attribution-NonCommercial

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