This week my iPad was replaced by Apple and I was able to complete production of Episode Eighteen in the Revelation: An Idealist Interpretation series. The episode is focused on Chapter 13:1-10, the Beast with a Blasphemous Name. The remaining verses in Chapter 13 will be discussed in Episode Nineteen. St. John’s perspective is still earth, looking to heaven, when he receives a vision of the Beast with seven heads,each crowned,ten horns, and “on his head a blasphemous name.” Watch Episode 18
The primary illustration is The Beast from the Sea with Seven Heads, from Folio 32, the Bamberg Apocalypse (early 11th Century), with the beast coming out of the surf (lower right). Other illustrations includes a 9th C. gold and enamel figure of St. Michael from the Basilica of St. Mark, Venice; tge 6th C. Christ Pantrokrator icon, St. Catherine’s Monastery, Sinai; and an icon of Jeremiah. The account relies heavily upon back-references to the Old Testament, two numerological references, and continues St. John’s “world turned upside down” parody of the Beast-ascendant instead of the Lord God Almighty (Pantokrator).
I also completed and uploaded a Podcast Homily for the Eleventh Sunday After Trinity. The Scripture readings are 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 and Luke 18:9-14. Since I think it unwise to consider the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector without presenting it in the context of the Parable of the Tenacious Widow, I included Luke 18:1-8 and a quotation from Jeremiah on what God expects of His people, which is what both parables are about. Listen to the Podcast for Trinity 11.
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