Event Title

Temporality of the Temple Scene in Revelation 7:9–17

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Room N310

Start Date

7-2-2020 10:30 AM

End Date

7-2-2020 11:00 AM

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This research attempts to investigate the temporality of the temple service in Rev 7:9–17. More specifically, it strives to discover the place of the temple worship on the historical timeline. The passage contains a textual problem which causes a difficulty in determining the temporal locus of the scene. This study examines Rev 7:9–17 by means of linguistic and literary analyses. The linguistic study primarily focuses on the syntactic and thematic analyses of the key participle οἱ ἐρχόμενοι and the analysis of the verb tenses in light of the verbal aspect theory. The literary analysis explores literary features of the passage in reference to temporal questions: the style, structure, and the analysis of the semantic fields.

The research reveals that the studied passage, Rev 7:9–17, is a well-crafted literary piece, which implements a wide array of linguistic and literary features. Contrary to the general opinion, the text describes not one but three scenes. Through the change of tenses and vocabulary, the author differentiates three separate events chronologically. While the focal scene, the temple service, occurs in heaven during the millennium, the text also contains the audio flashback to the great tribulation and the glimpse of the future eternal reward of the saints.

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Feb 7th, 10:30 AM Feb 7th, 11:00 AM

Temporality of the Temple Scene in Revelation 7:9–17

Room N310

This research attempts to investigate the temporality of the temple service in Rev 7:9–17. More specifically, it strives to discover the place of the temple worship on the historical timeline. The passage contains a textual problem which causes a difficulty in determining the temporal locus of the scene. This study examines Rev 7:9–17 by means of linguistic and literary analyses. The linguistic study primarily focuses on the syntactic and thematic analyses of the key participle οἱ ἐρχόμενοι and the analysis of the verb tenses in light of the verbal aspect theory. The literary analysis explores literary features of the passage in reference to temporal questions: the style, structure, and the analysis of the semantic fields.

The research reveals that the studied passage, Rev 7:9–17, is a well-crafted literary piece, which implements a wide array of linguistic and literary features. Contrary to the general opinion, the text describes not one but three scenes. Through the change of tenses and vocabulary, the author differentiates three separate events chronologically. While the focal scene, the temple service, occurs in heaven during the millennium, the text also contains the audio flashback to the great tribulation and the glimpse of the future eternal reward of the saints.