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Revelation (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries) Paperback – March 1, 1995
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He explains in the Introduction, “In Revelation the Jews do not appear to be opponents as they are in such Christian works as the Gospel of John or Acts. The only references to ‘Jews’ are 2:9 and 3:9, where the people in the community are criticized for not being true Jews. Such criticism might come from either a Jew or a Jewish Christian, but here it is probably from a Jewish Christian who believed that the only true Jews are those who receive Christ. There is no harsh polemic against Jews as there is, for example, in VI Ezra… or in the Epistle of Barnabus…” (Pg. 21-22)
Concerning the authorship of the book, he says, “The writer gives his name as John in four places: Rev 1:1, 4, 9, 22:8. Nowhere does he claim to be one of the twelve apostles. The fact that he refers to himself as ‘John’ in contrast to the description ‘the disciple whom Jesus loved’ in John 19:26 arouses doubt that he was the evangelist, although early Church tradition supported this.Read more ›
I would disagree with Ford, that John the Baptist himself wrote the core of Revelation, chapters 4-11, himself. I think that more "conventional" scholarship that dates this core to the late 60s CE is firm, and, we have no reason to believe that Josephus as well as the New Testament is wrong about the Baptist's death.
That said, I would accept that a disciple of his, based on oral tradition from the Baptist, did write these chapters. It's a shame the basic idea hasn't been developed more since Ford's time. Since other New Testament books record disputes and sharp elbows between the disciples of Jesus and those of John, especially in Anatolia, as Acts 19 shows, but as usual, tries to gloss over, the "Mandean" authorship of the core of this book is quite plausible.
Ideally, I'd give this four stars for Ford not "nuancing" her original idea along my lines, but, for the attention it needs, it gets a fifth star.
It is bad enough that Yale uses non-Christian sources, but worse, they cannot even *see* what the book is about! The book of Revelation is a revelation OF Jesus and the world being conformed unto His likeness where every knee will bow and tongue confess that Jesus is Lord. I guess neither Yale nor J. MASSYNGBERDE FORD can figure this out.