This study is intended primarily for my own edification. As such there may be items of dispute or items I may change my mind about over time.
The book of Revelation represents a very challenging project on my part. However, I have been intrigued by it since my conversion and am enthusiastic and hesitant at the same time. It’s going to be very difficult to reason from the scriptures vs. reading into them as a result of so many eschatalogical views.
My text for this study will come from two sources— the Stephanus Text of 1550 and from the Nestle Aland (NA27) text. I’d be happy to take a look and assist with the literal translation. But bear in mind that there are differences between these two texts when dealing with this book.
Since I am not a scholor of textual criticism, I will refrain from making serious recommendations of one text versus another. I like the Stephanus Text because it was the major contributor to the KJV English text. However, I have found variant readings in the NA27, which tend to make better sense in some areas. In these cases, however, I have not found anything with deep theological ramifications.
There are a couple of things that will have to be understood upfront. The support for the Koine Greek is not inherent in every browser. For this reason, I will have to rely on a couple tools to display the text properly.
1) This study will require use of a special True Type Font. Without the font, you will be unable to view the Greek text properly. You can download it and place it in your font folder. This font should work on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X systems. I haven’t tried it on other operating systems. You can download it here.
2) On some of the tools pages, I have used Macromedia Flash to display certain fonts and conventions so that you can verify your font is installed properly. You can download the plug-in here.
The serious Greek student is going to need some additional resources. I do not believe I am gifted, nor equipped, to be a teacher of languages. I’m only trying to help those with less understanding of the Greek text than me. For this reason, it is imperative that each student get his own text books. I will recommend one at this time. It is titled Introductory Lessons in New Testament Greek. You can obtain it directly from Sovereign Grace Baptist Church of Silicon Valley (SGBCSV). I believe this to be the best text book available on this subject. The cost is $20, and well worth it.