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  • The book of Revelation writen by the Apostle Paul on the Island of Patmos was completed around 96 C.E. In most compilations the book is placed lastly in the Christen Greek Scriptures. It must be noted that the Bible is collection of books that comprises of the Old and New Testament and thus is not the only writen books based on Sematic/Christen theology. There are other writings in what we term as the Apocrypha or rejected writings of which under critical evaluation were either not accepted ot there was some contradiction based on proof of writer status or common ground of ideaology.The book of Revelation is one of the prophetic visions given to one of the early discilpes of Jesus Christ. The time of acceptance is of crucial importance since the book itself only after a number of time was circulated around the Christen congregations of Ephesus,Galtia and others.
  • No. Even John himself wrote other works included in the bible afterwards.
  • The early date for the writing of the Revelation, as alluded to by Michael D, is based on an interpretation that the events prophesied were fulfilled in the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, placing its writing in the 60's. This view that all prophecies have been fulfilled is called Preterism. (Michael D, if that doesn't describe you, I will stand corrected.) This is most definitely a minority opinion among theologians, and in this case, I believe, with good reason. I'm not against minority opinions, I hold a few myself. I believe that the more Scripturally consistent interpretation is that there is much in Revelation which is yet future here at the beginning of the 21st century. This interpretation does not have a problem with the internal and external indications that it was written as late as 95 AD. It does appear to be the last of John's preserved writings, and the last book of Scripture to be written. There are some internal indications that it sees itself as closing the Word of God. So yes, most Christians accept the Revelation as the last book of the Bible to be written.
  • Some Biblical scholars think that 1 Peter, 2 Peter, Jude, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus were written later than Revelation. See "The New Testament" by Bart Ehrman and "Introduction to the New Testament" by Raymond Brown.
  • Dating of the book of Revelations According to early tradition, the writing of this book took place near the very end of Domitian's reign, around 95 or 96. Others contend for an earlier date, 68 or 69, in the reign of Nero or shortly thereafter.[16] The majority of modern scholars also use these dates.[17] Those who are in favor of the later date appeal to the external testimony of the Christian father Irenaeus (d. 185), who stated that he had received information relative to this book from those who had seen John face to face. He says that "it was not seen very long time since, but almost in our day, towards the end of Domitian's reign" (A.H. 5.30.3), who according to Eusebius had started the persecution referred to in the book; however, recent scholars dispute that the book is situated in a time of ongoing persecution and have also doubted the reality of a large-scale Domitian persecution.[18] According to Epiphanius of Salamis, the Revelation of John was written in the time of Claudius (PG, XLI 909-910). Some exegetes (Paul Touilleux, Albert Gelin, André Feuillet) distinguish two dates: publication (under Domitian) and date of the visions (under Vespasian). Various editors would have a hand in the formation of the document, according to these theories. The dating of the work is still widely debated in the scholarly community. I really don't believe so. Why are you asking the question? Just interested.
  • The answer is, No one knows for sure. Tradition ascribes it to the reign of Domitian (ended 97 AD) and it may have been written as early as the mid 60s during the Neronian persecution and the Jewish Revolt. If we take the conservative dating of the NT books then it was written 95-97 putting it later than every other NT book - though the Gospel of John may well have been finalized about the same time or slightly thereafter, and John3 would date from about the same period. If you take the radically early dating of Revelation, and the liberal dating of other NT books, then Revelation was written before every Gospel (or perhaps contemporaneously with Mark) and all other NT books except for Paul's "authentic" general epistles and possibly James and 1st Peter. (That is, it's earlier than Matthew, Luke, Acts, John, John1,2&3, Jude, 2Peter, Hebrews, Ephessians, Timothy1&2, Titus, and Philemon.) *I put "authentic" in quotes NOT because I doubt the authenticity of these Pauline letters, but because I'm persuaded of the authenticity of the other ones as well. As for me, while I tend to take the conservative position on the dating and authenticity of the other books, I reject Markan priority: on historical and anthropological grounds I hold that Matthew was written in the 40s and Luke in the 50s or early 60s. But on the dating of Revelation I side with the radicals: at the end of the reign of Nero or just after it during "the year of four emperors." I'd also put Hebrews 70-72 (immediately post-destruction of Herod's temple).
  • No, it was just placed last.
  • If you believe in sound doctrine, then it is easy to know the book of Revelation is the last book written in the Bible. Revelation concludes the end of humanity, as well as the return of Jesus to establish His Kingdom on Earth.
  • No. The book of Revelation was completed ca 96 CE (common era). However, the books John and 1,2,3 John were completed about 2 years later, ca 98 CE. Sincerely E

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