By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises
When most of us think of the Apocalypse, we think in dire and dramatic biblical terms.
Or perhaps in explosive, cataclysmic end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it Hollywood blockbusters.
Which brings us to Patmos, a lovely, peaceful small island in the Aegean Sea, one of the northernmost of the Dodecanese islands of Greece. It lies just off the coast of Turkey and the continent of Asia, west of the ancient Greek and Christian site of Ephesus.
So why is this the island of Apocalypse? Because it is believed that it was here that the final book of the New Testament was written.
And that book, written in Koine Greek, received its title from its first word: apokalypsis. It does not mean “The end of time” or “the destruction of life as we know it.
Literally translated, apokalypsis means “un-covering.”
The book’s introduction states that its author, John, was on Patmos when he was received a vision from Jesus and wrote it down.
A PATMOS ALBUM
Many Christians come to Patmos on pilgrimage.
Others come to uncover yet another lovely Greek island with peaceful and beautiful revelations at every turn, including some handsome little beaches and pretty towns.
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