Revelation 12: Female Figures and Figures of Evil

Joy A. Schroeder

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 4/1/1995

Issue: Revelation and Apocalyptic (Vol. 15, No 2, Spring, 1995)

The woman of Revelation 12 is the mother of a son who is snatched into heaven. She is persecuted by a dragon, flees into the wilderness, and there is nour- ished by God. This symbolic woman has been variously interpreted as the Virgin Mary, Israel, Eve, and the church. In actuality, her identity is multifaceted. This essay will explore the many aspects of her identity, examining those which are derived from the Old Testament, as well as those which come from sources outside the Bible. In particular, this essay explores the woman’s relationship to the dragon, since this will shed light on how we are to understand the woman.

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