Revelation

The final book of the Christian New Testament, and the primary statement of early Christian eschatology. The text is also commonly known as the Book of Revelation or Revelation to John, after its author, who also wrote the New Testament Gospel that bears his name. Tradition holds that it was composed at a location in modernday Turkey known as Patmos. Scholars suspect, however, that the book had several authors and was not actually compiled until the last decades of the first century. It is unique among New Testament texts in that it is neither historical nor didactic (instructional) in nature. Instead Revelation is apocalyptic, using various literary methods, most commonly descriptions of visions, to describe aspects of the final judgment of the Christian God. The text is divided into two parts. In the first, its author or authors write letters to early Christian communities admonish pire or by Jewish authorities. Christians are reminded that, if they remain steadfast in their faith, God will lead them to triumph over their enemies. These enemies might not only include the Roman Empire but other, perhaps more figurative or metaphorical, forces of evil or bad faith. Provided Christians hold true, they will be protected and God will have his final victory at the end of time. One verse of Revelations refers to a thousand-year period of trial and testing, inspiring millennialist sentiments among some Christians. SEE ALSO: apocalypse; eschatology; New Testament The Book of Revelation / Resources // Covenant Theological Seminary Travel088

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