The Catholic University of America Press

Commentary on the Apocalypse

Translated by John N. Suggit

The Fathers of the Church: A New Translation (Patristic series),  Vol. 112

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This is the first complete translation in English of Oecumenius's commentary, which is the first known Greek commentary on the book of Revelation. Written in the sixth century but discovered only at the beginning of the twentieth, it presents a fascinating view of a writer who strove to be faithful to the teaching of the church while at the same time allowing his imagination to make sense of the stories and visions of Revelation. In interpreting the events surrounding the destruction of the wicked he shows sensible pastoral restraint and refuses to be swayed by the dogmatic certainty shown even by some modern interpreters.

The short introduction to the translation by John N. Suggit provides a brief account of the identity of the author and the theological issues with which he was involved, especially the controversy over the beliefs of Origen and his followers.

The study is particularly interesting today when the words of Scripture are often interpreted literally without the poetic and dramatic quality which alone gives them true life. The book therefore should be of interest not only to serious scholars, but also to those who are ready to listen to this New Testament book not as a record of past history but as the description of the drama of life today.


John N. Suggit is professor emeritus of New Testament Studies at Rhodes University in South Africa. His work has been widely published in journals and was honored in a recent Festschrift titled Word, Sacrament, and Community.


"The translation is literal yet quite readable, and the sixteen-page introduction is informative. The volume is a valuable resource to anyone investigating the history of Apocalypse exegesis in the early church." -- Kenneth B. Steinhauser, Religious Studies Review

Product Details

Pages:xii, 216 pages

Dimensions:5.25x8.25 inches


CIP Information: 2005024588/ 228'.077--dc22/ BS2825.53.03513 2006


1. Bible. N.T. Revelation--Commentaries--Early works to 1800