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In Animate Praise: The Heavenly Temple Liturgy of the Apocalypse & the Songs of the Sabbath Sacrific E-mail
Written by Sean Michael Ryan   
Sunday, 08 January 2012 09:36

Sean Ryan is a Lecturer in Biblical Studies at Heythrop College, University of London, with a particular interest in apocalyptic/heavenly-ascent literature. A revised version of his PhD, focused on the cosmology of Rev. 9, will be published in Spring 2012.

Central to the Apocalypse’s visionary logic is its visualisation of the heavenly realm as a celestial temple.  Scenes of worship in the heavenly sanctuary can be traced, like a golden-thread, through this visionary narrative (Rev. 4–5, 8:1-6, 11:15-19, 14:2-5, 15:2–16:1, 16:17-21, 19:1-8), revealing the Deity's consummate control over the created cosmos, enthroned in the heavenly Holy of Holies, prior to the cessation of such cultic boundaries in the new Jerusalem (Rev. 21–22).

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