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Author: Bertrand A. Buby, S.M.
Copyright: 2000
First Printed: 03-06-2000

No other book in the New Testament rivals the Apocalypse or Book of Revelation for its richness of imagery and symbolism. In fact, since so much of it is unfamiliar and even mysterious, people often find reading it and meditating on its message daunting and disconcerting. But it need not be that way. It is God’s hope-filled message for a world that is otherwise full of much uncertainty and fear. Its basic message is that in the ongoing struggle between good and evil, good will ultimately triumph and one thing alone is truly important: that we worship God and Him alone. After having carefully studied the major commentators and contemporary experts in the field, the author has sought in his own inimitable way to make this book come alive for the average reader in many new and exciting ways. In doing so, he has concentrated on areas of spirituality and biblical theology not often emphasized in more academic studies of this work which to be fully appreciated, demands a study that is both reflective and meditative. Its concluding refrain should ever be on the lips of all believers: “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.”

About the Author: Bertrand A. Buby, SM is a Marianist priest of the Cincinnati Province who completed a Licentiate in Theology at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland in 1964 and a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome in 1966. He received a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Marianum in Rome in 1980 and is presently Associate Professor of Biblical Theology at the University of Dayton. He has authored six books including his trilogy on Mary of Galilee (3 vols., Alba House, 1994-97) and translated another, Mary in the Mystery of the Covenant by Ignace de la Potterie, SJ (Alba House, 1992). A member of the Pontifical International Marian Academy, he was recently elected President of the Mariological Society of America (1999-2000).

Book: 176 pages
ISBN-10: 0-8189-0832-7
ISBN-13: 978-0-8189-0832-3
Prod. Code: 0832-7


"This popular study, written for the millennial year, approaches the Book of Revelation from the perspective of its frequent use in the liturgy of the Church as a powerful voice coming from people of faith in the first century. While Buby relies on contemporary scholarly studies of this difficult text, he provides the average reader with an accessible, non-technical introduction to the message of 'hope and freedom' that the book of Revelation proclaims. Buby leads the reader, chapter by chapter, through the text of Revelation offering his own translations of the most important passages, giving a wealth of historical information about the context of the cities of western Asia Minor addressed in the opening chapters of the book, and ingeniously taking the persona of the seer, John of Patmos, to explain the seer's perspective and his experience of the heavenly vision he receives. Buby provides balanced commentary throughout, as for example, on the difficult passage of 'the woman clothed with the sun' in Revelation 12 and the role this text has played in the development of Marian theology in the Church. Biblical cross-references for each section of Revelation are cited under the heading 'Food for the Journey.' They draw, for example, on the books of Daniel, Ezekiel, or the NT passages that help to elucidate the apocalyptic perspective of the author. A helpful glossary of terms and a selected bibliography assist readers who might want to continue their study of this difficult text. Buby has produced a most readable and valuable introduction for individuals or groups." --Barbara E. Brown, RSCJ in Catholic Library World, September 2001


"The author says the Book of Revelation is a difficult, enigmatic and symbolic book. His reflections make the journey through Revelation a little less difficult. Father Buby wrote this book for several reasons: to delve into the meaning and message of Revelation because it is used in the Office of Readings during the Easter Season; it has the most cited sections of Scripture used in the liturgical hours of the church; it gives hints at what the Psalms are all about; it would be sensationally popular in the new millennium; and the author wanted to discover its spiritual, theological, and ethical meanings, with special emphasis on the spirituality of God's Word. The most helpful and fascinating parts of the book are the short soliloquies that the author developed so we could share the mind and heart of the visionary, John of Patmos. I especially call your attention to pages 128-130, where the writing is lyrical in descriptions of Jesus, the Bridegroom, the Lamb, the bride of the Lamb and how she is loved by Jesus. This brings peace and joy to the heart and brings us the greatest lesson of Revelation: Worship God! Buby asks us to keep the Alleluia Chorus of Handel's Messiah as background music when we read Revelation 19:11-16. Here we realize what a magnificent title is given to Jesus: King of kings and Lord of lords. Again some wonderful writing as we view the face of Jesus, his eyes burning like flames of fire and his mouth open with a sharp sword of truth. Here we are at the heart of Christology as revealed to us by the seer. After reading A Journey Through Revelation, you will find Revelation much less daunting and disconcerting. You begin to realize it is a book of hope with good eventually overcoming evil. As Buby notes, Revelation has one of the most compassionate statements in Scripture: "God shall wipe away all the tears from their eyes and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor dying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things have passed away." --Martin A. Stillmock, CSSR in Pastoral Life, September 2000


"Obviously because of the new millennium, the book of Revelation is getting a lot of attention. In this instance, that is a good thing because Catholic biblical scholar and spiritual writer Bertrand Buby offers the lay reader the fruits of both his in-depth study of this book and its language as well as his reflections on its meaning for Christian life today. Buby uses a commentary format but introduces segments in which he imaginatively presents John, the author of the book, stepping back to describe, in his own words, his visionary experience. The commentary also cites other biblical passages that further reinforce the spiritual message of Revelation to help the reader take it to heart." --Donald Senior, C.P. in The Bible Today, May/June 2000


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