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Eyal Regev and John Collins

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780300197884

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300197884.001.0001

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The Book of Revelation: The Alternative Temple

The Book of Revelation: The Alternative Temple

(p.222) 7 The Book of Revelation: The Alternative Temple
The Temple in Early Christianity

Eyal Regev

Yale University Press

This chapter explores the Book of Revelation. The Book of Revelation to John is exceptional within the New Testament not only because of its genre and rich imagery, but also because it introduces a unique approach to the Temple. On the one hand, it portrays an alternative heavenly Temple, while on the other it argues that in the eschatological age, the New Jerusalem will lack a Temple altogether. The author's use of the genre of an apocalypse, not a gospel or letter, provides him with the opportunity to introduce radical approaches to the Temple. In the Book of Revelation, the secrets of the heavenly Temple and its impact on the earthly world are revealed, thus reflecting the author's conventions about the meaning of the Temple cult.

Keywords:   Book of Revelation, New Testament, Temple, heavenly Temple, New Jerusalem, apocalypse, Temple cult

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