Tim Hettinger, Phosphorus and the resurrection : An investigation into the Morning Star metaphor of 2 Peter 1:19c (Th.M. thesis, Western Seminary, 2019).
This Th.M. thesis presents an investigation of the metaphorical language expressed in 2 Peter 1:19c, particularly the ‘morning star’ metaphor. The thesis argument presented is that the metaphorical language, ‘the morning star rises in your hearts’ is a reference to the resurrection of believers, through the work of Christ. This interpretation rejects a present time subjective application of the metaphor. The transformative nature of a resurrection metaphor complements interpretations which understand the metaphor as eschatological revelation.
The contention is advanced by multiple avenues. One avenue is the ancient understanding of the ‘Morning Star’ metaphor as a bringer of the day. The usages of the imagery in Revelation bolster the subjective and eschatological understanding of the metaphor. The plausibility of the thesis is strengthened by congruency with the biblical motif of resurrection. As well, there is support from church fathers who observe the ‘morning star’ metaphor as a picture of resurrection.
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