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John the Revelator

A Novel

By Peter Murphy

John the Revelator
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  • Hardcover: Aug 2009,
    272 pages.
    Paperback: Apr 2010,
    272 pages.

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Beyond the Book

John The Revelator, The Person
The title of Peter Murphy's book is taken from a traditional song about John of Patmos, the name given to the author of the biblical Book of Revelation, who identifies himself as living on the Greek island of Patmos. Scholars date Revelation to between AD 54 and 96 with most believing it to have been written around AD 95.

In the 2nd century AD, the early Christian apologist Justin of Caesarea (later Saint Justin Martyr) suggested that the author of Revelation was the same person as both Jesus' apostle, "John the Beloved", and "John the Evangelist", author of The Gospel of John. But, around the 3rd century this was called into question by church historians who identified the author of Revelation as "John the Presbyter", whose name appears elsewhere in ancient writings. Today, opinion varies with some believing Revelation, The Gospel of John and the epistles of John are all written by Jesus' apostle, while others believe they ...

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