The Revelation of St John the Divine
Read by Heathcote Williams
The theme of Revelation is apocalypse: the end of the world and the coming of Christ in judgement. The date of the composition was probably some time in the nineties AD. One of the most controversal and quoted texts of the New Testament, The Revelation of St John the Divine has inspired and troubled artists, poets and seers through the ages.
Running Time: 1 h 19 m
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The author is not the John who wrote the Gospel. The theme of Revelation is apocalypse: the end of the world and the coming of Christ in judgment. The style and imagery have been unkindly described as ‘deranged’ (A.N. Wilson), and they are certainly unlike anything else in the New Testament. It should be remembered, however, that for the earliest Christians the Second Coming was expected at any time and in any case in the very near future. Revelation is the work of a prophet, and is a unique part of the New Testament canon. It bears vivid witness to this sense of an apocalyptic atmosphere and undoubtedly possesses a terrible beauty. The author is on the island of Patmos and addresses the seven churches of Asia Minor. The date of composition is likely to be some time in the nineties AD.
Notes by Perry Keenlyside