Apocalyptic Dragon. Symbolism and its meaning (Rev 12:2-7) Cover Image

Apokaliptyczny Smok. Symbolika i jej znaczenie (Ap 12,2-7)
Apocalyptic Dragon. Symbolism and its meaning (Rev 12:2-7)

Author(s): Bartosz Trębacz
Subject(s): Semiology, Philosophy of Religion, Biblical studies, Hermeneutics
Published by: Uniwersytet Opolski
Keywords: The Dragon; Revelation; heads; horns; diadems;

Summary/Abstract: In the Book of Revelation there are many symbols with broad meaning. The dragon is one of them. He is also one of the forms taken by Satan. This being represents a plenitude of malevolent forces opposing humans and God. The number of the dragon’s heads as well as horns and diadems is not accidental. They have their hidden meaning, not only emphasizing the might and aggression of the monster. They find their hidden meaning in the Old Testament as well. Although attributes indicate enormous strength, but at the same time they show weakness and finiteness in the creature in reference to God. The author of the Book of Revelation presenting the image of the dragon is inspired by the character of Leviathan, biblical beasts and monsters from other religious circles. At the same time, he creates his own image of a monster.

  • Issue Year: 39/2019
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 49-61
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Polish