The Experience of God in the Present Moment as a Turning Point in Life’s Perception. A Study on ἄρτι in the Book of Revelation


Abstract

The article analyses the meaning of the word ἄρτι in the Book of Revelation. This is achieved mainly by use of semiotic and contextual methods, applying a canonical approach, and by drawing on other humanistic disciplines. The important meaning of “present”, as discovered in this research, enriches the Old Testament reflections about time. The exegesis of ἄρτι in the Book of Revelation pays attention to God’s current reign, the point of victory over the devil, and emphasizes the availability of salvation at the present time. The interpretive context of this meaning of ἄρτι is defined by the personal relationship with God, a relationship that changes human attitudes toward troubles, sorrows, and death. Their destructive power is diminished, and fears fade away, as human attention is shifted towards the proximity of a loving God. Taking into consideration the chiastic structure of Apocalypse makes possible the discovery of the complementary benefits, as described in Rev 12:10 and 14:13, which are accessible to readers who consciously live in the present moment.


Keywords

ἄρτι; now; salvation; God; death; victory

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Published : 2020-12-21


Nowińska, J. (2020). The Experience of God in the Present Moment as a Turning Point in Life’s Perception. A Study on ἄρτι in the Book of Revelation. Verbum Vitae, 38(1), 229–243. https://doi.org/10.31743/vv.4862

Joanna Nowińska  probablefdlc@gmail.com
ITKM/UPJPIIInstytut Teologiczny Księży Misjonarzy/Uniwersytet Papieski Jana Pawła II w Krakowie  Poland
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6386-1268

S. Joanna Nowińska ze Zgromadzenia Sióstr Miłosierdzia św. Wincentego a Paulo, doktor habilitowany nauk teologicznych w zakresie biblistyki (UPJPII, 2018), wykładowca Uniwersytetu Papieskiego Jana Pawła II w Krakowie i Studium Biblijnego Diecezji Rzeszowskiej, członek Stowarzyszenia Biblistów Polskich, European Association of Biblical Studies i Polskiego Towarzystwa Teologicznego. Zainteresowania badawcze: apokaliptyka kanoniczna – egzegeza i teologia, badania interdyscyplinarne tekstu biblijnego. Ostatnia publikacja książkowa: Co słyszysz poza słowem. Sound design Apokalipsy św. Jana (Rozprawy i Studia Biblijne 47; Warszawa: Vocatio 2016).






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