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Title: A dynamic reading of the Holy Spirit in revelation : a theological reflection on the functional role of the Holy Spirit in the narrative
Author: Lee, Hee Youl
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2011
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Thematically, this study focuses on the Holy Spirit. Methodologically it employs the literary approach. More specifically, it is called a `dynamic biblical narrative approach'. In view of this approach, I read the text of Revelation as `a final and unified form of ancient and canonical narrative' in which the Holy Spirit is rhetorically presented as a `divine character' and a `divine frame of reference'. The dynamic interaction among the implied author or the narrator, the text and the implied reader has been considered. It presupposes that the Book of Revelation is not only an apocalyptic and prophetic letter, but also a narrative since apocalyptic literature usually has a story. The narrative approach presupposes that the implied author and the implied audience can be traced from the narrative. This study attempts to prove how the Holy Spirit affects the narrative of Revelation through the narrator. The literary theories of the narrator and the divine frame of reference applied in this study illuminate that the Holy Spirit plays a significant role in the whole narrative by generating the viewpoint of the narrator as a divine frame of reference. This study also proves that the direct character-presentation theory presents the Divine Spirit as the Holy, Divine, Complete (or perfect), Life-giving and Prophetic Spirit of God and Jesus. The theory of characterization along the indirect character-presentation shows that the Divine Spirit is an enigmatic character with both person-likeness and person-unlikeness. This study has examined the characterization of the Holy Spirit along the plot as well as the structure of Revelation. The Holy Spirit is characterized to be multi-functional: God-like; Angel-like; Person-like. Above all, a new definition in the plot of Revelation is proposed in this study: a six fold and four level scheme plot. A new definition of the five types of the structure of Revelation is also proposed: narrative-syntactic structure; fundamental-syntactic structure; narrative-semantic structure; fundamental-semantic structure; pragmatic structure. With a dynamic reading of the Holy Spirit, the readers may understand who the Holy Spirit is and what functions of the Holy Spirit are in Revelation more concretely than before. This study hopes to become a stepping stone for future studies in the Book of Revelation
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.541653  DOI: Not available
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