About this site and its authors
Jerusalem, Corpus Christi 2012
Thank you for visiting our site, which has been slowly taking shape since 2003. What started out as a means for promoting our book “The Apocalypse in the Light of the Temple” has now become the platform for a variety of writings, which expand and deepen the new interpretation presented in that book. These writings include a series of academic articles, a commentary, a new translation and a number of essays from the past 25 years of study and reflection on the Book of Revelation. The book itself is now freely available on the site, for those who are unable to obtain it from other sources. We are also very grateful to the Liturgical Press, San Francisco, for permitting us to reproduce on this site a valuable resource hitherto unavailable on the internet: the essay "Casta Meretrix" by the Catholic theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar. In the future we hope to develop the section dealing with the final step in interpretation: articles, notes or simply observations indicating the relevance of the prophecy to the present situation in the Middle East and elsewhere.
You may be wondering why we chose to call the site “new Torah”. As you probably know, ‘Torah’ is a Hebrew word meaning ‘instruction’. In the Jewish tradition, therefore, this is the name given to the divine instruction revealed to Moses and recorded in the first five books of the Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy), where it is presented as the basis of the Old Covenant between God and the people of Israel.
In the Christian tradition, the confession of Jesus as the Messiah and the representation of the Christian life as a new exodus leading to the formation of a new Israel by means of a new Covenant, all contributed to the expectation of a ‘new Torah’. Some scholars have argued that this expectation was fulfilled in the person of Jesus, or in the giving of his Spirit, but neither of these proposals agrees with the written character of what came to be known as ‘the Torah’.
According to 'The Apocalypse in the light of the Temple’, however, the Book of Revelation itself can be identified as ‘the new Torah’, and its author, St. John, as ‘the prophet like Moses’ expected by the Jews during the Second Temple Period. As a name for the website, ‘new Torah’ draws attention to these previously neglected and highly significant features of the text of St. John’s Revelation. For further details please read ch. 2 in Pt. II of the book ‘The Apocalypse in the Light of the Temple,’ available on this site.
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