James TaborJames D. Tabor (born 1946).
Professor in the Department of Religious Studies,
University of North Carolina, Charlotte USA
My thesis is a simple one. I believe that behind the New Testament book of Revelation is potentially an older Jewish apocalyptic text that had nothing to do with Jesus or the early Christian movement.
I will attempt to identify the additions, or interpolations, made by a later Christian writer, as can often be done where original Jewish texts have had a Christian overlay. The aim being to "Christianize" a book that in its origins had nothing to do with Jesus.
|Book of Revelation|
|1 The revelation
|2 who testified to the word of God
|3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear and who keep what is written in it; for the time is near.|
|4 John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne,|
|7 I, John, your brother who share with you |
|8 and their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city that is prophetically called Sodom and Egypt, |
|9 Then the dragon was angry with the woman, and went off to make war on the rest of her children, those who keep the commandments of God |
|10 Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God |
|11 And I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints |
|12 Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your comrades |
|13 Then I saw thrones, and those seated on them were given authority to judge. I also saw the souls of those who had been beheaded |
|14 I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is LORD God the Almighty
|16 The one who testifies to these things says, Surely I am coming soon. Amen. |
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