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Title: The day of the Lord and its culmination in the book of Revelation : related to the theology of hope
Author: Gray, Donald Alfred
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 1974
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This thesis seeks to show that the theme of the "Day of the Lord" runs throughout the Old and New Testaments, finding its fullest expression in the Book of Revelation. As Revelation is an apocalyptic and an eschatological book, and the theme is recognized generally as an eschatological theme, our first task is therefore to give re-appraisals of "apocalyptic" and "eschatology". Clear definitions are arrived at which are maintained throughout the thesis. The concept of the "Day of the Lord" is seen as commencing at Creation, when God rested from his work on the seventh day. This day was then blessed and hallowed. Sin intervened, but in the Old Testament the concept of the "Day" can be seen evolving into a comprehensive expression of God's dealings with man, and pointing forward to a return to Edenic perfection. In the Book of Daniel the "Day of the Lord" comes to its fullest outline in Old Testament thinking, and the Inter-Testamental literature most significant for our theme is that cast in the apocalyptic mould. At the commencement of the New Testament era we are able to distinguish seven aspects of the "Day of the Lord". All seven aspects find their centre and focal point in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. The all-embracing nature of the Cross and Resurrection of Christ encompasses not only that which has gone before, but also that which is to come, namely the Parousia. The Paroueia is seen as the commencement of the eschatological "Day of the Lord", when that which has been achieved in the Cross and the Resurrection of Christ will be consummated. In the ::Bookof Revelation we find the eschatological "Day" outlined in fullest detail, with all seven constituent aspects clearly disoernible. The saved of mankind are ushered in to the Rest of God, prepared for them from the foundation of the World by the Lamb slain from the foundation of the World. Protology has been overtaken by eschatology. In the final section the theology of Professor JUrgen Moltmann is explored, and the si#nificance of the "theology of hope" school discussed. Moltmann's strong emphasis on the Parousia of Christ is seen as having great relevance to Biblical Theology to-day, and as a welcome corrective to the existential and realized sohools of thought. His tendency to ignore the importance of Creation and the present presence of Christ through the Spirit, is, however, seen as detrimental to his position. The conclusion of this thesis is that a true view of Protology leads to a true view of eschatology, and the concept of the Creator God who is to appear as the Re-Creator is as valid for man to-day as it was in the first Century.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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