The vision of New Jerusalem in the Book of Revelation (Rev 21,9–22,5) in its history has a vast tradition, beginning with Jerusalem itself and its role acquired during (Jewish) history. This work interprets this city's significance in the Holy Bible and the Old Testament apocrypha.
In the latter, the so called »tradition of New Jerusalem« is developed, which later on has a crucial influence on the author of the Book of Revelation. Subsequent chapters contain the patristic exegesis of the passage of New Jerusalem from the Book of Revelation. The commentaries of four Western and two Eastern Church Fathers are examined, as their work significantly contributed to the book's acceptance by the Holy Church and it's inclusion in the biblical canon. Although the Church Fathers' interpetations of the book are very similar, it is apparent how they were influenced by their sociohistorical circumstances. Their interpretations had a considerable influence on the development of the christian eschatology and its correlation to the imagery of New Jerusalem from the Book of Revelation is examined in the final chapter. The following work systematicaly reviews the subject, but it's further development is still possible with new findings and contributions from sciences such as history, patristics and others.