After the turn of the
millennium, with all its fears concerning Y2K, the end of the world,
war, attack, etc., many parishioners were curious as to how we, as
Catholics, approach and understand the Book of Revelation. Many were
more aware of the literal, Evangelical approach to apocalyptic writings,
particularly how they were spelled out in the popular series "Left
Behind." Fr. William Nicholas, who has had extensive experience in
parish adult education, offered a class on biblical apocalyptic
literature that was very well received.
This book is the result. His
modus operandi has been to present this part of our scriptural tradition
in ordinary language for ordinary people. He discusses the history of
apocalyptic literature and then explores the apocalyptic elements of
Scripture, with special attention to the Books of Daniel and Revelation.