Beatus of Liébana
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Saint Beatus of Liébana (c. 730 – c. 800) was a monk, theologian and geographer from the Kingdom of Asturias, in modern northern Spain, who worked and lived in the Picos de Europa mountains of the region of Liébana, in what is now Cantabria and his feast day is February 19.
The Commentary on the Apocalypse (Commentaria In Apocalypsin)
It is a work of erudition but without great originality, made up principally of compilations. Beatus includes long extracts from the texts of the Fathers of the Church and Doctors of the Church, especially Augustine of Hippo (Saint Augustine), Ambrose of Milan (Saint Ambrose), Tyconius, Irenaeus of Lyon (Saint Irenaeus), and Isidore of Seville (Saint Isidore). He adds to this the commentary on the Book of Daniel by Jerome of Stridon (Saint Jerome).
- The Apocalypse and its origins
The Book of Revelation, also known as The Revelation or Apocalypse of St. John, was written in the last part of the 1st century A.D., probably during the persecution of Christians carried out under either the Roman emperor Nero or Domitian. The concept of the Apocalypse, finds roots in the later books of the Old Testament, most notably from the Book of Daniel, and the Prophets as they speak of the Day of the Lord. Thus Revelation has a conceptual and contextual basis in prior Jewish literature.
The Revelation is apocalyptic literature, a vision of the future revealed to a person, written in a poetic prose encrypted in symbols and riddles. Thus Revelation is commonly interpreted as a prophecy concerning the end of the world and last things. The Book of Revelation is also seen as a 'gospel of hope' since it tells the martyred masses that their past suffering on Earth has led them to eternal bliss.