"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
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
For information about
Patmos, see the following web sites:
is an internet provider on Patmos with extensive information for tourists
regarding the towns on Patmos, the hotels, useful telephone numbers, cruise
lines, car rentals, etc.
Holidays Ltd, 16a, High Street, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6AP, UK, also
has a web page on Patmos, including information about holiday rental properties
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.
a full-service travel service located on Patmos itself.
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.
Site created and maintained
by Dr. Loren L. Johns
Academic Dean and Associate Professor
of New Testament
Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary,
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are from Kos
On Line, borrowed by permission and with appreciation. Click
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Send email to: LJOHNS@AMBS.EDU
Last updated 12 December 2000.