Festschrift für Georg Fischer SJ zum 60. Geburtstag
Edited By Dominik Markl, Claudia Paganini and Simone Paganini
New Jerusalem as Bride of God, Holy of Holies and as Paradise: A three fold affirmation of God’s intimacy with his people (Rev 21:1–22:5)
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New Jerusalem as Bride of God, Holy of Holies and as Paradise
A three fold affirmation of God’s intimacy with his people (Rev 21:1-22:5)
Saji Joseph Kizhakkayil
The book of Revelation abounds in motifs from the Old Testament, especially from the prophetic books and the Torah.1 At the same time, the book is also a symbolic and metaphorical rendering of the Christian faith in and through these motifs. In this way, the book of Revelation brings to Old Testament motifs renewed, or sometimes even totally new, nuances. Hence, in the study of the book of Revelation, one must carefully examine the fabric of the narrative, embellished as it is with the designs of symbolic and metaphorical representations of facts.2 Such a perceptive investigation can reveal hidden nuances which would otherwise elude the ordinary perception of the reader. It is essential for an interpreter to perceive how the seer John combines different Old Testament motifs with the perspective of Christian faith to guide the reader to a Christian eschatological vision. With these factors in mind, I offer this brief study of the descent of the New Jerusalem in the book of Revelation (21:1–22:5).
Methodologically my study takes the synchronic approach, of which Georg Fischer is a strong proponent. My analysis of the text proceeds in three steps: (1) determining the boundaries and context of the text,3 (2) ascertaining its literary...
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