Ewald Otto

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Theology (Th.M)

First Advisor

Martin Franzmann

Scripture References in this Resource

Revelation 1:1-2; Revelation 1:4-6; Revelation 1:9; Revelation 3:14; Revelation 2:20; John 18:37; Psalm 89:27; Colossians 1:18; Romans 14:9; Revelation 19:16; Psalm 2:6; Revelation 5:9; 1 Peter 2:9; Exodus 19:6; Daniel 7:13; Malachi 3:2; John 19:37; Zechariah 12:10; Revelation 21:6; Revelation 22:13; Exodus 19:16; 19; Matthew 24:31; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Revelation 1:13; Exodus 25:31ff; Judges 7:49; Zechariah 4:2; Daniel 7:13f; Revelation 14:14; Daniel 7:9; Revelation 19:12; Job 38: 31; Isaiah 40:10ff.; Revelation 6:13; Isaiah 11:4; Isaiah 49:2; Revelation 19:15


This study does not attempt to add to the material on the history of the congregations or to the analyses of their graces and defects, zeal and lukewarmness. Rather, a portion of what: has been written was restudied from the standpoint: of the relationship between the self-designation3 and the contents of the letters against the backdrop of the Christology of the Apocalypse.

The biologist and the physicist must begin with certain assumption~. To claim otherwise reveals ignorance and vanity. The theologian, too, must begin somewhere. This study assumes that the Bible is the Word of God, that an inspiration without words is unthinkable, that the seven letters are from Christ Himself, and that He has a reason for every word, including the words about Himself. Our purpose is to determine, if possible, just why He used these words.

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