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BOTHMA, Gerhard. Revelation 21:1-8 in text and preaching. In Skriflig (Online) [online]. 2015, vol.49, n.2, pp.1-8. ISSN 2305-0853.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/IDS.V49I2.1932.

Revelation 21:1-8 presents an important turning point in this book. A new heaven, a new earth and a New Jerusalem are introduced. The old has passed. The new has come. How should Revelation 21:1-8 be read, interpreted and understood? How should this text be preached? These and other questions are asked in this article. Because of its literary genre, amongst other factors, the Book of Revelation poses unique challenges to anyone who wants to interpret and understand or preach about it. Revelation 21:1-8 is investigated by engaging the text and homiletic theory with each other. By utilising a literary-esthetical approach to preaching in a changing culture - as developed by Cas Vos en Cas Wepener - the new heaven and earth, the new Jerusalem and the song 'Hot Gates' are engaged with one another in order to find possible new meanings. By working intertextually and inculturating, parameters for the explanation and understanding of Revelation 21:1-8 are explicated and suggestions with regard to preaching this text are made.

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