One of the subjects I have covered on this blog over the years is the question of whether a pre-Christian version of the Book of Revelation can be recovered. I posted my research on this subject back in 2016-2017 in two posts, see below, and they have had thousands of views over the years. My analysis was based on an advanced graduate seminar in Christian Origins that I did several years ago with some of my brightest students–several of whom have gone on for Ph.D.s since.
In this YouTube interview below with Derek Lambert, host of Youtube’s Mythvision podcast, I present a short overview of my work on this topic. As my readers know all too well, the last book, of the New Testament, known as the Book of Revelation, has been the basis over the centuries of the main parameters of Christian eschatology. And there could hardly be a “more Christian” book. As it turns out, it is very likely that we are able to do that by a carefully analysis of what appear to be later interpolations–likely inserted toward the end of the 1st. century CE. In addition to this introductory video you can also access a full presentation and analysis, free of charge on-line, along with a sample of what the book might have looked like before the Christian scribes got hold of it. If this thesis has validity we would have here one of our earliest and only 1st century Jewish documents written before the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans, as an interpretation of Daniel 7-11, likely circulating during the reign of the emperor Nero!
I knew when I posted this video that the comments on Youtube would likely be pretty harsh and nasty, since I was suggesting that one “tamper” with what many consider to be the inspired word of God–and it surely does not help that one finds at the end of this very book a very strong warning and condemnation:
I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto them, God shall add unto him the plagues which are written in this book: 19 and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the tree of life, and out of the holy city, which are written in this book. Rev. 22:18-18.
And my hunch was correct. Check out the comments on Youtube–and add your own if you dare agree with me! The irony is that the Greek manuscripts of the Book of Revelation are already the most interpolated and varied of any other document in the entire New Testament!
Anyway, here is my thirteen minute interview:
Below are the blog posts upon which this research is based, if you missed them or just want to review after watching the video overview: