ANDREA SPATAFORA, FROM THE «TEMPLE OF GOD» TO GOD AS THE TEMPLE. A Biblical Theological Study of the Temple in the Book of Revelation
The term naos is
found thirteen times in the Apocalypse, indicating the significant place
it occupies within the book. To date, no complete study of the theme of
the temple in this Book exists. Taking into consideration the scholarly
contributions that have been made by those studying the book or the theme
of the temple in the New Testament, the present work proposes an analysis
of the verses containing the term naos in view of establishing John
the Seer's use of temple imagery to speak of the Church.
The book is divided into six sections. The introduction reviews the literature to date on the temple in the Apocalypse. Chapter I examines the understanding of the temple in the Old Testament in view of establishing the background for John's temple imagery. Chapter II is a examination of the notions of the eschatological and heavenly temples in Jewish intertestamental literature, providing a picture of the ideas current at the time John wrote his book. Chapter III turns to the temple in the New Testament, giving particular attention to texts from the Gospel of John in light of the belief that both the Gospel and the Apocalypse belong to the same Johannine school. Chapter IV presents a detailed exegesis of the verses of the Apocalypse containing the word naos. Chapter V consists of a presentation of the temple theology of the Book of Revelation including a comparison with the texts of the Old Testament, Jewish intertestamental literature and the New Testament with particular regard to the Fourth Gospel.
ANDREA SPATAFORA was born in 1958 in Toronto,
Canada, made profession in the Congregation of the Missionaries of the
Holy Family and was ordained a priest in 1983. Completing a licentiate
in Sacred Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in 1992, he obtained
a doctorate in Biblical Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University
in 1997. He is presently on faculty at St Paul University, Ottawa, Canada.
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