Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Philosophy in Theology and Apologetics (PhD)
Apocalypse, Christology, John, Lamb, Revelation, Theology
Biblical Studies | Christianity | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Dickson, Jeffrey, "The Humility and Glory of the Lamb: Toward a Robust Apocalyptic Christology" (2017). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1597.
There exists a conspicuous void in Christological scholarship both historically and more recently as it pertains to interest in what the Revelation of John has to offer one’s understanding of the God-Man. Furthermore, those works that do investigate the Apocalypse for its Christological content fail to appreciate how its central character is portrayed. In so doing, these settle for overly simplistic interpretations of unique verbiage John employs to describe Christ—particularly the Lamb (ἀρνίον). Therefore, in an effort to cultivate the clearing that exists in the Christological forest, this dissertation will endeavor to reach a robust understanding of Revelation’s Lamb. Ultimately, this project argues that John’s use of ἀρνίον throughout his Apocalypse yields a multi-faceted Christological presentation of Jesus Christ that is dependent on the paradoxical theme of glory in humility. This interpretation affords the Lamb a great deal of linguistic flexibility as it is employed throughout Revelation to promulgate a sophisticated Christology along with the corresponding theological implications thereof.