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Is the Book of Revelation a forgery?

James Tabor

James 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.
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In the Bible verses below, later additions or interpolations appear in bold text.

It is astounding, that nearly all of the bold text can easily be removed without detracting in any way from the structure or flow of the passages in which they occur.

Book of Revelation
1The revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place; he made it known by sending his angel to his servant John
Revelation 1:1

2who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ even to all that he saw.
Revelation 1:2

3Blessed 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.
Revelation 1:3

4John 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,
Revelation 1:4

5and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood,
Revelation 1:5

6and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen
Revelation 1:6

7I, John, your brother who share with you in Jesus the persecution and the kingdom and the patient endurance, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus
Revelation 1:9

8and their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city that is prophetically called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified
Revelation 11:8

9Then 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 and hold the testimony of Jesus
Revelation 12:17

10Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and hold fast to the faith of Jesus
Revelation 14:12

11And I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints and the blood of the witnesses to Jesus. When I saw her, I was greatly amazed.
Revelation 17:6

12Then 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 who hold the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy
Revelation 19:10

13Then I saw thrones, and those seated on them were given authority to judge. I also saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony to Jesus and for the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Revelation 20:4

14I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is LORD God the Almighty and the Lamb
Revelation 21:21

15It is I, Jesus, who sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star
Revelation 22:16

16The one who testifies to these things says, Surely I am coming soon. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus
Revelation 22:20

17The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen
Revelation 22:21

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