This lecture reflects on hermeneutical issues related to the New Testament's use of the Old. The author uses Revelation 21:1–Revelation 22:5 as a case study, where passages like Ezekiel 37:27, Ezekiel 40-Ezekiel 50, and Isaiah 54:11-12 are used. Beale argues that John neither compares the Ezekiel prophecy to the conditions of the future new creation nor does he present it as an allegory. John see a “new heaven and earth” in Revelation 21:1 and yet in Revelation 21:2-22:5 he sees a city that is garden-like and is in the shape of a temple. The author considers the importance of this portrayal.
Source: Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, 2005. 19 pages.