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Die selfidentifikasie van Christus in die Boodskap aan Smirna

A. H. Grové, F. J. van Rensburg
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 26, No 3 | a1418 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v26i3.1418 | © 1992 A. H. Grové, F. J. van Rensburg | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 June 1992 | Published: 10 June 1992

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A. H. Grové,, South Africa
F. J. van Rensburg,, South Africa

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As a specific way of interpreting the seven Messages of Revelation 2 and 3, scholars accept the importance of the self-identifications of Christ in these Messages. Little or (in the case of some of the self-identifications) no research has, however, been done on the coherence of the self - identification with the rest of the pericope. In the present article an attempt is made to define this coherence in the Message to Smyma (Revelation 2:8-11). In the article it is argued that coherence exists on three levels, namely coherence of thought structure, coherence of theme, and coherence of content. The conclusion arrived at points to the fact that a valid interpretation of the Messages cannot be made without taking this coherence into consideration.


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