John Of Zebedee

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The author of this work identifies himself as John in Revelation 1:1 as servant John, who “bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ.” John plainly gives his purpose to deliver the prophecy of the end of time as “time is near (Revelation 1:3).” While it is impossible to know who John was, some figures such as Justin Martyr have indicated that he might have been the apostle John of Zebedee (Interpreter’s Concise Commentary 141). Dionysius, bishop of Alexandria, and most modern scholars disagree, as Revelation does not match John of Zebedee’s writing style and ideas (Interpreter’s Concise Commentary 141). Therefore, the audience is left to piece together what they can about this illusive author from their text alone. The author is seemingly writing within the later years of the reign of Emperor Domitian (C.E. 81-96) presumably in Asia Minor due to their preoccupation with Roman influence on the seven churches of Asia …show more content…

Many early Christians of this period would have originally been raised Jewish and further had contact with Hellenistic ideas and literature during their lives. Thus it is important to understand from what historical and literary contexts the Revelation resulted from. Christians of this time would have been familiar with the Book of Enoch, Ezekiel and Daniel. This is significant, as the people would immediately recognize apocalyptic messages or other themes that differed from these works. For example, it is traditional in apocalyptic writing for the visionary experience to be described by an ancient hero of the faith (Gabel, 164). By having John, a figure presumed to be alive narrating the story, the author (perhaps John) is making the point that Christianity lives in the now and in the future. Christianity’s future does not need vindication from a past figure; it has already been vindicated by God and is within its

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