The author of the book of Rev preaches the conception of a "heavenly leadership of the church" which consists of God himself as universal epsilon pi iota sigma kappa omicron pi omicron zeta and the twenty-four presbyters/elders connected to him as pi rho epsilon sigma beta upsilon-tau epsilon rho iota omicron nu . This "heavenly" board exercises a governing church function for the community of earthly Christians characterised by the momentum of equality by stating its will to chosen people via revelatory messages. With this conception of a church constitution which he developed as a contrasting analogy he polemicises implicitly against the model of a hierarchically structured local church contoured for example in the letters of Ignatius, the bishop of Antioch. This model began to take ground in the Roman province Asia, amongst other places, in the first half of the second century AD to remove the basis of existence of free prophetic circles, like for instance the circle of supporters of Rev. The concept of a "heavenly leadership of the church" becoming visible in Rev within which Christendom is structured in an egalitarian manner shows clear parallels to the structural organization of the so-called "Johannine school" appearing for example in the three letters of John, an observation which makes the assumption of a positive relationship between the latter and the circle of supporters of Rev seem very likely.
Witulski T. Bischof contra prophet. Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses. 2015;91(1):55-86.
Witulski, T. (2015). Bischof contra prophet. Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses, 91(1), 55-86. doi:10.2143/ETL.91.1.3078148
Witulski, T. (2015). Bischof contra prophet. Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses 91, 55-86.
Witulski, T., 2015. Bischof contra prophet. Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses, 91(1), p 55-86.
T. Witulski, “Bischof contra prophet”, Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses, vol. 91, 2015, pp. 55-86.
Witulski, T.: Bischof contra prophet. Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses. 91, 55-86 (2015).
Witulski, Thomas. “Bischof contra prophet”. Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses 91.1 (2015): 55-86.
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