the website dedicated to the ultimate questions of the meaning of life, the synoptic problem, possible mistranslations in the Septuagint and so forth.
"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. ... And he who sat upon the throne said, 'Behold, I make all things new."
- Revelation 21, 1 and 5
"Apocalyptic is the mother of all Christian theology"
- Ernst Käsemann, Commentary on Romans
Revelation (Apocalypsis) may be the most authentic book in the New Testament. Apocalyptic is at the heart of Jesus' message. All the synoptics place his apocalyptic teaching in pole position, immediately before the Passion narrative. Whatever else Jesus was, he was in the first instance an apocalyptic prophet.
Revelation may be the only book written by someone who actually knew Jesus during his life on earth. Unlike the gospel of John, it is written in rough Greek by someone for whom Aramaic was his first language. This, not the gospel or the letters of John, is the voice of John bar Zebedee, the former Galilean fisherman, exiled to Ephesus after the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD.
Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna, testified that he had met the actual John the disciple of Jesus, by then a very old man, in Ephesus around 85 AD. This, then, is the best available indication of the focus of Jesus' teaching, as distinct from all the later accretions of doctrine which Paul, the gospel writers and John the theologian superimposed.
Revelation is often viewed by the casual reader as a book for cranks and suicide cults. But for generations of oppressed people, from the persecution of the early Church to the civil rights movement in the States, it has been the definitive message that things can change. Revelation is the starting point for revolution.
Christianity does not need to rest on an infrastructure of inter-testamental and gnostic superstitions. It can stand on its own feet as a narrative of the interplay of justice, forgiveness and love. We only have to stand back from the imagery in which the message is expressed and focus on the message itself.
The main components of this website are the Omega Course, the Hard Bible Class and the Essay on Natural Theology. The author's CV can be found on the last page.