From: Harold R. Holmyard III (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Jul 27 2000 - 21:12:28 EDT
>I've been working on a treatment that approaches the "city" [of Jerusalem
>in Revelation 21] as non-literal, but rather as a metaphor for the "ideal
You might try looking up Robert Gundry in a theological library. He has
already published an article on the city in Revelation 21 as a metaphorical
description of God's people.
Perhaps you may have seen it. However, that idea raises the question as to
whether the city of Babylon was also a metaphorical city, for it is a woman
city like the bride city of Jerusalem. They form a pair.
>Could the sense of the meaning be changed if the object were a metaphor?
>I've been working on a treatment that approaches the "city" as non-literal,
>but rather as a metaphor for the "ideal church." As such the notion of it
>"coming down from heaven" fits perfectly. My primary basis for this
>reading is based on Rev 21:9, "Come hither, I will show thee the bride, the
>Lamb's wife." Which is immediately followed with the descending of the
>city. We know from other places the bride is the Church, hence
>metaphor. Try reading all the descriptions of the city as if they really
>are applying to the "ideal church."
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