648Re: [revelation-list] rev. 11:1-2
- Jan 28, 2004Having begun my major graduate research with looking at Rev 11:1-13 as a
whole and not specifically the two witnesses, I have some familiarity with
debates over elements of Rev 11:1-2. Most of the work that I did do with
these two verses centered on interpreting the temple language. The main
interpretations could be summarized as follows:
1) Temple language as relating to ancient earthly Jerusalem temple.
2) ... as relating to future, rebuilt earthly Jerusalem temple.
1) ... as representing the church in some sense.
2) ... as representing the Jewish people in some sense.
3) ... as representing the center of the Jewish religion in some sense.
Temple language as relating to the heavenly temple that is portrayed
elsewhere in Revelation.
I wrote a rough paper critiquing the typical arguments used to support
those views labelled "Primarily symbolic." My conclusions about those
arguments were not very positive. I can send a cleaned up copy of the
concluding section of that paper upon request.
Personally, I favor the last alternative above. In part I do so because
of its serious consideration of how the author "John" speaks and uses
language *throughout* the book. At least two authors who speak to this
are Bachmann (?) and Giblin.
Perhaps a need in many of the discussions of Rev 11:1-2 is the need to
integrate that segment in with the content of chapter 10. The end of
chapter 10 focuses in on the participation of John within the visionary
experience; chapter 11:1 at least continues that focus. After that John
becomes less "explicit" within the visionary experience and his main role
as narrator/explainer resumes its dominance.
Ian R. Brown
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