Rethinking the Revelation to John
Monday, September 27, 2021
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Presenter: Dr. Hal Taussig
It is time to revisit the issues around the Revelation to John. This last book in most (but not all) canons of the New Testament had been contested even before there was a notion of canon or New Testament. It was contested in a number of the pre-canonical lists of books to be read, including by the likes of Martin Luther 1300 years later. In the 21st century the basic meanings of the Revelation to John are strongly disputed. Most of the manuscripts have major differences and many are quite late.
This study will examine the two major (and very different) ways of interpreting this text.
- A prediction of some future catastrophe of the world or universe, and
- An unfulfilled prediction of the destruction of the Roman empire in the early centuries of the Common Era