John Did Not Write Revelation?
The traditional view that Jesus’ disciple John wrote the Book of Revelation was questioned as early as the third century. Christian writer Dionysius of Alexandria, using the critical methods still employed by modern scholars, spotted the difference between the elegant Greek of John’s Gospel and the crudely ungrammatical prose of Revelation. The works could not have been written by the same person.
Ehrman, who charges in his book Forged that half the New Testament is forged, says that Jesus’ original disciples, John and Peter, could not have written the books attributed to them in the New Testament because they were illiterate.
“According to Acts 4:13, both Peter and his companion John, also a fisherman, were agrammatoi, a Greek word that literally means ‘unlettered,’ that is, ‘illiterate,’ ’’ he writes.
It’s likely that Revelation might have been originally written even before Christianity existed. References to Jesus Christ would then have been inserted only later to Christianize the document. Surprisingly, the verses containing references to Jesus can be removed without disturbing the structure and flow of the surrounding verses, keeping the meaning and sense of the text intact. This suggests that the original Book of Revelation had nothing at all to do with Jesus.