About St. John
St. John is known as John of Patmos. He is also called as John the Revelator because of he is the author of the Book of Revelation. This book contains the letters to seven churches of Asia Minor. It can be said that this book the apocalyptic text which gave a shape to the final chapter of the New Tesament.
In the Book of Revelation it is mentioned that the author is called John and he lives on the Greek island in Patmos. It is also told John is considered to be in exile because of anti-Christian persecution under the Roman rule of Domitian.
Revelation 1:9 I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.
According to early tradition John was banished to Patmos. It is also told he was banished by the Roman authorities. This is possible and credible because banishment was a common punishment. Banishment was used during the Imperial period for many offenses. Some of them are the practices magic and astrology, prophecy. Pagan, Jewish and Christian were belonged in the same category by the Romans.