The Jewish Historical Context of the Pre-Christian Book of Revelation Mikhah Ben David

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Published: December 22nd 2012

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The Jewish Historical Context of the Pre-Christian Book of Revelation  by  Mikhah Ben David

The Jewish Historical Context of the Pre-Christian Book of Revelation by Mikhah Ben David
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There are few books, let alone scriptures, which have had as strong an impact on the world as that of the Christian Testament’s Book of Revelation, also sometimes translated as “The Apocalypse.” Even this Greek term for “Revelation” has now gainedMoreThere are few books, let alone scriptures, which have had as strong an impact on the world as that of the Christian Testament’s Book of Revelation, also sometimes translated as “The Apocalypse.” Even this Greek term for “Revelation” has now gained its own unique meaning in English parlance as referring to the “End of the Age” described in the Revelation attributed to Saint John, the disciple of Jesus.

This article, however, will demonstrate that much of what we assume about this work of Antiquity, both in terms of Western cultural impressions, and Christian theological perspectives, is quite unfounded and has no relation to the work in its historical setting. It will demonstrate that the work itself was penned before the fall of Jerusalem, and as such, that it is referring to a historical Jewish uprising against Nero’s Roman occupation of Judea and the Galilee. It will argue compellingly that the author of the Book of Revelation, had two very specific, historical and then contemporary individuals in mind when he referred to the “False Prophet,” one Balaam son of Be’or, and the other the “Beast of the Sea” or that sits upon the sea, identified by the Greek gematria of 616 in the earliest manuscripts, and 666 in Hebrew.

In establishing this thesis, this study will briefly examine the Jewish sects of Judea (as opposed to other Jewish communities throughout the world during the Second Temple Era), as they relate to Jesus and his disciples, and thus the Book of Revelation. It will further summarize the documentary evidence for Jesus’s religious Jewishness, in order to frame the Jewish context of the Book of Revelation. This historically Jewish and revolutionary context of the book is not meant to embarrass the Christian reader, but instead to give deeper insight into how the Jewish, pre-Christian followers of Jesus understood this apocalypse, which mirrored in so many other ways, similar mystical accounts from around this era.



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