New Testament

Revelation

What did the woman in John’s vision look like?

Her appearance was glorious. She was “clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.” Despite her regal appearance, her circumstances were dire. She was pregnant and cried out “in birth pangs, in the agony of birth.” (NRSV, Revelation 12:1–2) Most scholars say the woman represents the Jewish nation from which Jesus came, and the twelve stars represent the twelve tribes of Israel.



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