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Old Testament Metaphors in the New Testament

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One of the main scenes in the Revelation to John is the sealing of the servants of God. John sees a great multitude that no man could number, standing before the throne and the Lamb, clothed in white robes. This chapter defends the four following theses concerning Old Testament metaphorical language: (1) Metaphorical language functions in a concrete context by means of reciprocal interaction between two different statements; (2) One can derive from metaphorical language information in the form of new suggestions for understanding reality; (3) The purpose of metaphorical language is to engage the audience in such a way that by entering into the interpretation they adopt it as their own understanding of reality; and (4) Metaphorical language can be reused in other contexts, which opens up for the possibility of reinterpretation.

Keywords: biblical theology; metaphorical language; New Testament; Old Testament



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