But, it wasn't included in other codices of the same period or slightly later periods. There was no Canon at that time, unless you wish to admit that Contantine did in fact set a canon - your call on that! It wasn't until the 12th century that Revelations was officially accepted into the NT and the canonization of the NT was not completed until the 1400's.
My understanding is that it is not consistent with the Greek of the 1st century, by the time of the Codex in question, Revelations had nearly 3 centuries to be modifed from the original Jewish apocalypic document . "Although the apocalypse does not quote directly, within its four hundred or so verses are about five hundred and fifty references to the Old Testament (B. F. Westcott and F. J. A. Hort, Greek New Testament, 184 ff.) Its core – several apocalyptic endings badly stitched together – was later given a Christian preface: a series of seven angry letters, chastising seven errant churches in western Asia Minor. Having berated the churches, Revelation then unleashes a relentless apocalyptic nightmare, badly written, repetitive and self-contradictory. Chapter after chapter it details bizarre horrors, the supposed fate that imminently will befall the enemies of the Lord. It is the latter which gives the book its enduring popularity – a vision of the gore-fest at the End of Time." - K. Humphreys, "Jesus Never Existed"
Edited by mako, 26 September 2005 - 11:34 AM.