What is the possible origin of the praise sections in the book of Revelation? Seal argues that John shaped his praise utterances according to the form of acclamations shouted to dignitaries of his time. The article first defines acclamations before discussing their form and function in John's Roman world.
The paper argues that the silence of the New Testament on the slavery question can be understood by noting the essentially worthwhile character of slavery during this period. Modern thinking about slavery has too often been influenced by superimposing the viciousness, perpetual bondage, and race hatred of slavery in past centuries on conditions in the Roman world.