|dc.description.abstract||This thesis attempts to identify the location and the time of the temple service in
Rev 7:15. The text contains a textual problem which causes a difficulty in determining
the spatial and the temporal loci of the scene. This study investigates Rev 7:15 by means
of a thorough and meticulous text-oriented analysis that employs linguistic, literary, and
Chapter 1 presents a survey of previous studies on Rev 7. It gives an overview of
the methods utilized in studying Rev 7. In addition, it summarizes scholarly views on the
time and the space of the temple scene. These two overviews pave the way for the
methodology of the current research, that is, the text-oriented approach which combines
linguistic (morphology, syntax, semantics, and text-linguistics), literary (style, structure,
and thematic arrangement), and intratextual analyses.
Chapter 2 contains the linguistic analysis and the literary analysis in the context of
Rev 7:15. The linguistic study consists of the grammatical-syntactic and the semantic
analyses of key words and phrases in each clause in Rev 7:14d-17. The text-linguistic
analysis determines the interclausal relations in the passage. The literary study analyzes
the genre of Rev 7, determines and develops various structures, and investigates the
distribution of semantic fields in the chapter. Both linguistic and literary analyses
complement one another and together provide adequate answers to the formulated
questions of the research.
Chapter 3 builds on the findings of the linguistic and the literary studies. It
explores the overall spatial-temporal coherence between the temple scene in Rev 7 and
other similar scenes in the Book of Revelation. To establish intratextuality, the chapter
examines lexical, thematic, and structural correspondences between Rev 7 and other texts
in Revelation. Then, the spatial and the temporal loci of the parallel texts are
independently analyzed and compared with the time and space of the temple scene in
Chapter 4 presents the summary and conclusions of the research. It highlights the
findings in linguistic, literary, and intratextual studies. The chapter underlines main
contributions and outlines the areas for future research.
The studied passage, Rev 7:14b-17, is a well-crafted literary piece, which
implements a wide array of linguistic features which clarify the temple scene in 7:15.
Contrary to the general opinion, the speech describes not one but three scenes. While the
tribulation and the eternal consummation take place on earth, the temple service, which is
the main scene, occurs in the heavenly realm during the millennium.||en_US