[[ books ]] Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation Author Elaine Pagels – Selindameditasyon.com

Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation A startling exploration of the history of the most controversial book of the Bible, by the bestselling author of Beyond Belief Through the bestselling books of Elaine Pagels, thousands of readers have come to know and treasure the suppressed biblical texts known as the Gnostic Gospels As one of the world s foremost religion scholars, she has been a pioneer in interpreting these books and illuminating their place in the early history of Christianity Her new book, however, tackles a text that is firmly, dramatically within the New Testament canon The Book of Revelation, the surreal apocalyptic vision of the end of the world or is it In this startling and timely book, Pagels returns The Book of Revelation to its historical origin, written as its author John of Patmos took aim at the Roman Empire after what is now known as the Jewish War, inCE Militant Jews in Jerusalem, fired with religious fervor, waged an all out war against Rome s occupation of Judea and their defeat resulted in the desecration of Jerusalem and its Great Temple Pagels persuasively interprets Revelation as a scathing attack on the decadence of Rome Soon after, however, a new sect known as Christians seized on John s text as a weapon against heresy and infidels of all kinds Jews, even Christians who dissented from their increasingly rigid doctrines and hierarchiesIn a time when global religious violence surges, Revelations explores how often those in power throughout history have sought to force God s enemies to submit or be killed It is sure to appeal to Pagels s committed readers and bring her a whole new audience who want to understand the roots of dissent, violence, and division in the world s religions, and to appreciate the lasting appeal of this extraordinary text


About the Author: Elaine Pagels

Elaine Pagels is a preeminent figure in the theological community whose scholarship has earned her international respect The Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University, she was awarded the Rockefeller, Guggenheim MacArthur Fellowships in three consecutive years.As a young researcher at Barnard College, she changed forever the historical landscape of the Christian religion by exploding the myth of the early Christian Church as a unified movement Her findings were published in the bestselling book, The Gnostic Gospels, an analysis of 52 early Christian manuscripts that were unearthed in Egypt Known collectively as the Nag Hammadi Library, the manuscripts show the pluralistic nature of the early church the role of women in the developing movement As the early church moved toward becoming an orthodox body with a canon, rites clergy, the Nag Hammadi manuscripts were suppressed deemed heretical The Gnostic Gospels won both the Nat l Book Critic s Circle Award the Nat l Book Award was chosen by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best books of the 20th Century.



10 thoughts on “Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation

  1. BlackOxford BlackOxford says:

    Don t Hold Your Breath for the End of the WorldMany years ago at least thirty but possibly as many as forty as far as I can recall with an ageing memory I visited the cave on the island of Patmos where a certain John had his apocalyptic vision and wrote his account if it The cave is now incorporated into a Greek Orthodox monastery and is curated by a group of rather surly and tacitu


  2. Mark Russell Mark Russell says:

    I gave Revelations five stars, not only because it is a good book, but because it is an important book No other book in the Bible has as much impact on our way of life as the Book of Revelation It influences our nation s religion, worldview and foreign policy in a way that the gospels do not, and perhaps never have So you ll be interested to know that we ve been getting it wrong this whole


  3. Lee Harmon Lee Harmon says:

    Look If Pagels writes a book, go buy it You don t need a review, you just need a reminder that it s ready for purchase But then I d feel like I wasn t doing my job, so I ve been looking forward to Pagel s new book, hoping I would read her views on how to interpret Revelation, but this wasn t her focus Pagels begins by discussing the apocalyptic writings of the early Christian period The title, Reve


  4. WILLIAM2 WILLIAM2 says:

    Author Elaine Pagels includes here discussion of not only John of Patmos s Book of Revelations, so well known from the New Testament, but also discussion of the numerous revelation texts found at Nag Hammadi in Upper Egypt in 1945 These are the so called gnostic or apocryphal texts expunged by order of Egyptian bishop Athanasius in the 4th century C.E Because of the range of her sources she s able to give


  5. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    I suspect a hardcore everything in the Bible is literally true and divinely related Christian would consider pretty much everything in this book to be heresy If you ve got a somewhatopen mindset regarding the political jostling that created the modern Bible, this is a fascinating read.Pagels goes into depth on what we know about the historical period in which Revelations was written, and points out the parallels t


  6. Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin says:

    Elaine Pagels is my favorite author when it comes to the history of Christianity When I read her my mind roams on topics personal and universal She is the kind of writer for someone exposed to the Christian tradition that either makes one struggle with their faith or have second thoughts on their unbelief She has a sense of the divine but is very aware of contingent forces of history and fallible social apes like Homo Sap


  7. Erik Graff Erik Graff says:

    Having had Pagels for a course in seminary and knowing her and her husband socially during that period while my girlfriend studied under her at Barnard I make a point of picking up her publications as they come to hand I wasn t expecting much from this popular study of apocalyptic literature except for her usual emphasis on its gnostic elements As it happens, however, there wasto the book than this.Most interesting to me was her


  8. Clif Hostetler Clif Hostetler says:

    Whenever I refer to the Book of Revelations in the presence of my wife, she corrects me by reminding me that it s a singular revelation, not plural As usual she is correct But I don t appreciate being corrected, so I was glad to see, at first glance, what appeared to be Elaine Pagels agreeing with my use of the plural form of the word As it turns out, Pagles is writing about multiple revelations The book describes the literary as well as


  9. Jason Jason says:

    Don t know much about the Book of Revelation Convinced that we ll never figure out all of its mysteries I recommend first reading the Book of Revelation and as you read, try to cleanse your mind of all the futuristic implications you learned from films, video games, literature, and your wide eyed, biblically illiterate uncles Then, read the first chapter of Pagels s REVELATIONS In this chapter she summarizes the occasion, devices, and purpose of


  10. Tony Tony says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here It s always interesting to see the scholarly opinion of religious topics Sometimes, with a world of facts, they just can t figure out how God is God.This book does a good job of evaluating Revelations based on factual evidence and several assumed conclusions , but misses the mark by failing to understand how prophesy works In her mind, Revelations isn t actual revelation No,


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