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Book of Revelation

Book of Revelation

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Revelation
 
The
Book of Revelation
, often simply known as
Revelation
or by a number of variantsexpanding upon its authorship or subject matter, is the final book of the New Testament  and occupies a central part in Christian eschatology.Written in Koine Greek ,its title is derived from the first word of the text,
apokalypsis
, meaning "unveiling" or"revelation". The author of the work identifies himself in the text as "John" and saysthat he was on Patmos,an island in the Aegean,when he "heard a great voice" instructing him to write the book. This John is traditionally supposed to be John theApostle,although recent scholarship has suggested other possibilities including aputative figure given the name John of Patmos.Most modern scholars believe it was written around 95 AD, with some believing it dates from around 70 AD.The book spans three literary genres: epistolary, apocalyptic,and prophetic.It begins with an epistolary address to the reader followed by an apocalyptic description of acomplex series of events derived from prophetic visions which the author claims to have seen. These include the appearance of a number of figures and images which havebecome important in Christian eschatology, such as the Whore of Babylon and the Beast,and culminate in the Second Coming of  Jesus Christ.The obscure and extravagant
 imagery has led to a wide variety of interpretations: 
 interpretations see in Revelation a broad view of history; 
 interpretations treatRevelation as mostly referring to the events of the apostolic era (1st century), or--at the latest--the fall of the Roman Empire; 
 believe that Revelation describes futureevents; and 
 interpretations consider that Revelation does not refer toactual people or events, but is an allegory of the spiritual path and the ongoing struggle between good and evil.  The Book of Revelation is the only apocalyptic document in the New Testament canon,  though there are short apocalyptic passages in various places in the Gospels and the Epistles.
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Title
The author of the work provided no title for it. However, a title came into usage fromthe first word of the book in Koine Greek : 
apokalypsis
, meaning "unveiling" or"revelation". It is also known as the
 Book of the Revelation of Saint John the Divine
orthe
 Apocalypse of John
(both in reference to its author), or the
 Book of the Revelation of  Jesus Christ 
(in reference to its opening line), or simply
 Revelation
(often erroneouslycalled
 Revelations
in contrast to the singular in the original Koine), or the
 Apocalypse
.The word "apocalypse" is also used for other works of a similar nature in the literary genre of  apocalyptic literature.Such literature is "marked by distinctive literary features, particularly prediction of future events and accounts of  visionary experiences or  journeys to heaven, often involving vivid symbolism."
Authorship
The author of Revelation identifies himself several times as "John."
 The author alsostates that he was on Patmos when he received his first vision:
 I John...was in the isle that is called Patmos for the word of God and thetestimony of Jesus. ...and I heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet saying: What thou seest, write in a book...

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