"I, John, your brother who share with you in Jesus the persecution and the kingdom and the patient endurance, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus." (Revelation 1:9, New Revised Standard Version)

Patmos is part of the Dodecanese Islands on the Eastern side of the Aegean Sea, between Greece and Turkey. One 5th-century inscription called Patmos "the Jerusalem of the Aegean." The total population of the island is around 2,500 today.

For information about Patmos, see the following web sites:

WARNING: As you visit these sites on the web and/or Patmos itself, be aware of the economic value of legend for tour agencies and its tenuous relation to literary, archaeological, and historical research. Legends are highly valuable to the tourist business and easy to come by; verifiable truth is in shorter supply. As a result, much of what is in print and what is said in tours is of questionable value historically.

The Eastern Orthodox Church (which owns the Monastery of St. John on Patmos) also has a higher appreciation for its own historical traditions than for what can be demonstrated through historical-critical method. If one does not mind hanging a little loose with the facts, one should not have to worry about the historicity of the various claims encountered. The Monastery does have a nice collection of ancient manuscripts dating to the Middle Ages.

For information about why the author of the Apocalypse refers to Christ primarily as "Lamb," see the abstract to my doctoral dissertation on "The Origins and Rhetorical Force of the Lamb Christology of the Apocalypse of John," submitted to Princeton Theological Seminary and successfully defended February 13, 1998.

For other resources for the study of the Book of Revelation, see Resources for the Study of the Book of Revelation, a site owned and maintained by Georg C. Adamsen, a doctoral candidate at the Lutheran School of Theology at Aarhus, Denmark.

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Academic Dean and Associate Professor of New Testament
Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana.
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Last updated 12 December 2000.