That the Apocalypse of John is a “Revelation of Jesus Christ” (Rev 1:1) is a fact too often overlooked by interpreters of this last book of the Bible. As Msgr. A. Robert Nusca’s The Christ of the Apocalypse: Contemplating the Faces of Jesus in the Book of Revelation proposes, beyond predictions of earthquakes and falling stars, St. John articulates from start to finish a multifaceted and compelling portrait of Jesus Christ.
Nusca offers an exegetical reading of selected verses of the Book of Revelation, incorporating rich spiritual and pastoral reflections. The Christ of the Apocalypse above all affirms that St. John’s God- and Christ-centered, symbolic universe offers our contemporary world a spiritual place to stand amid the shifting sands of postmodernity.
As Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, writes in his Foreword, “Now, as in the first century, Christians face martyrdom, and those who are not called to die for Christ are called to live for Christ in a world which in many ways rejects the Gospel. More than ever, we need the apocalyptic vision, to have our own vision of reality clarified, and to be strengthened in our evangelical witness.”
About the author:
Msgr. A. Robert Nusca is a Roman Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Toronto. He earned a doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Gregorian University. Msgr. Nusca is currently the Pastor of Holy Rosary Parish, Toronto. He is Associate Professor of New Testament Studies at St. Augustine’s Seminary and served as President-Rector of St. Augustine’s from 2001–2014.
“Masterfully written by someone who obviously has presented the Book of Revelation in various pastoral and theological settings. Highly recommended reading for theology and spirituality.”
Fr. Michael Kolarcik, S.J.
Rector, Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome
“A remarkable tour through the least read and most misunderstood book of the New Testament: informative and challenging; deeply learned yet entirely accessible; an inspiring, emboldening contribution to the New Evangelization.”
Distinguished Senior Fellow and
William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies,
Ethics and Public Policy Center
“In Msgr. Nusca’s accessible style, a scriptural book that may appear remote is revealed as charged with life and valuable for our spiritual lives today.”
Fr. Timothy M. Gallagher, O.M.V.
Author, The Discernment of Spirits: An Ignatian Guide for Everyday Living
“This book is very readable and will contribute to both personal faith and pastoral practice.”
Prosper Cardinal Grech, O.S.A.
Co-Founder, Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum
“This is an inspired book, which is clearly the product of not only deep and wide learning but also profound and prayerful contemplation. . . . This is biblical scholarship at its finest and most spiritually potent form!”
Professor of Theology
University of Notre Dame
“Nusca does not offer us a predictive code for the Bible’s final book, but a path that leads us in, through, and towards God in Christ. . . . Nusca shows a ‘mirror’of the truth, but also the mirror of a real ‘struggle,’ one of enormous, infinite cost that takes us through the postmodern assaults on our spirits to the divine end of our life with God. This is necessary reading for every Christian leader today.”
Professor of Historical Theology
Wycliffe College, Toronto