The author of the Book of Revelation, who identified himself as John, offered Christians the hope and encouragement they needed during a time of persecution by writing a book coded with signs and symbols familiar to his audience yet unfamiliar to the ruling Romans. In writing his book, John used apocalyptic images, symbols, and language. These signs or symbols must be interpreted in their proper literary form and not taken literally. They symbolize a world in spiritual, not physical, turmoil. The Book of Revelation: Hope in the Midst of Persecution attempts to break John’s code and make it understandable to the reader.
Part of the Liguori Catholic Bible Study, a series of 21 books introducing each book of the Bible, providing insight into the sacred words of antiquity and inviting you to discover the living Word and its impact on our daily lives. The narrative, study questions, reflections, key notes, prayers, and an introduction to the spiritual practice of lectio divina will deepen your understanding of Scripture.