John’s Revelation and Patterns of Theosis

This paper examines the connection between John’s Revelation and patterns of deification in second temple and patristic thought. Considering, for example, Jewish descriptions of the children of Abraham transforming into the likeness of stars or attaining the glory lost by Adam as well as patristic notions of Christ’s incarnation allowing for humankind’s transformation into the likeness of God, this paper asks: To what extent does John’s portrayal of the interceding saints and crowned victors stem from and give rise to concepts of deification elsewhere? Does the distinct early Christian continuation of apocalyptic worldviews, especially vis-à-vis Jewish counterparts, provide a fitting framework in which to understand the soteriological emphasis on theosis as the chief achievement of God’s work in history?