Did Irenaeus claim that Revelation was seen at the end of Nero’s reign?

Examining the claim that “Domitian’s reign” in Irenaeus referred to Nero (Domitius), not Domitian

The most cited passage employed as evidence that the early Christians placed John’s exile and apocalyptic vision (of Revelation) late in the first century, late in Domitian’s reign, is found in Irenaeus:

Continue reading “Did Irenaeus claim that Revelation was seen at the end of Nero’s reign?”

Polycarp, Smyrna, and the Date of Revelation

Was the church of Smyrna founded too late for an early dating of Revelation?

Some claim that according to Polycarp, the Christians at Smyrna (one of the seven churches of Asia addressed in Revelation) had not known the Lord at the time of Paul’s ministry, which ended with his death (c. 66).[1]

Continue reading “Polycarp, Smyrna, and the Date of Revelation”

The Martyrdom of Antipas and the Dating of Revelation

What does tradition tell us about when the martyr Antipas died?

The book of Revelation, in its letter to the church at Pergamom in Asia, speaks of a faithful martyr named Antipas (2:13).

Continue reading “The Martyrdom of Antipas and the Dating of Revelation”