Margaret Barker shows that Revelation represents some of the oldest material in the New Testament, some of it from Jesus himself. Her work illuminates the formative years of christianity in the social, religious, and political situation of mid-first-century Palestine in quite a remarkable way. This book will have profound implications for the understanding of Christian origins and the development of Christian liturgy.
'This is a very exciting and suggestive book. Margaret Barker strips off the varnish applied to the portrait of Jesus Christ by generations of desk bound scholars. She reveals a fresh and startling Christ, but one who is entirely believable in the diversity of first century Judaism which she has so dramatically illuminated.' The Rt Revd and Rt Hon. Richard Chartres, Bishop of London'This is a serious book and one that will provoke much debate and reflection.'The Bible Today'The case is argued by massive (but readable) scholarship. But does it hold together? If Margaret Barker is correct, how come this book got into the same New Testament as the letters of Paul whom it so vehemently opposed? Read her case; it will stimulate your own thinking. And then make your own mind up.' Canon Michael Perry, Church Times'Margaret Barker makes the Book of Revelation make sense. It no longer stands apart at the edge of the Christian Bible, but appears as a key New Testament text, showing us the world of images in which the early Christians thought their religion. Margaret Barker has written a compelling book. It reshapes our understanding of early Christianity, its literature and its liturgy.' Professor David Melling, Manchester Metropolitan University