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Crisis and Catharsis: The Power of the Apocalypse 1st Edition

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Adela Yarbro Collins is Buckingham Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut. She currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament, Biblical Interpretation, and the Catholic Biblical Quarterly.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: The Westminster Press; 1st edition (March 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664245218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664245214
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,050,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The disinclination to accept the apocalypse was due not mainly to doubts about the identity of the John who wrote it with John the apostle; it was due much more to the antipathy which was widely felt in the Greek world to its millenarianism." F. F. Bruce, The canon of scripture

Because of its unusual symbolic language, the Book of Revelation is hard to understand, and for many faithful it seems alien to Christian teachings on love and forgiveness. Early Christians in the south and eastern Mediterranean cities, with a Jewish Diaspora, were more accustomed to the complex nature of the apocalyptic literature. Such conventions would have seemed less strange and cryptic, and they limited their expectations of the situation and the symbols that were used to portray it. So, for the original audience of the Revelation of John, all these strange scenes would have been tolerable.

The Apocalypse of John was written about the end of the first century in Asia Minor. The author was from Ephesus Christian congregation identified as "John the Elder." According to the Book, he was 'exiled' on the island of Patmos, near the coast of Asia Minor, an allusion that he was a confessor of the Christian faith. The author then says a voice asked him to write what he was about to see, the revelatory vision that is at the center of the book. Ephesus was both the capital of the Roman province of Asia and an early center of Christianity. The book next contains seven short letters of exhortation to the Christian churches in the seven leading cities of Asia Minor, a key area for the expansion of Christianity into the western part of the Roman empire.
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Professor Collins does a great job in interpreting the book of Revelation as modern scholars understand them today. It is pity that how often Revelation gets to be interpreted wrongly and many individuals pay the price for listening to misguided interpretations. (Just ask people who has read '88 reasons Why The Rapture Will Be in 1988' or 'Late Great Planet Earth' or more recently those who listened to Family Radio that proclaimed that the world will end in May 21st, 2011.
The idea that God is going to intervene in history and bring justice to this world is a powerful idea. However, to read the book of Revelation ethically, we have to consider the historical context that it was written in, and this book does a good job of providing that context, that Revelation was writing against Roman Empire in 1st century, and that the author too has thought that the world was going to end in his lifetime. I hope that those who seek the truth about the Bible will be able to know the truth about the Bible, and the truth will set them free.
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this is a wonderful book if you want to find out about the psychological meaning behind the symbolic language of the book of revelation
this is a must to read for those who seek to explore narrative techniques of the apocalypse.
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