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Paperback Apocalypse: How the Christian Church Was Left Behind Paperback – September 30, 2007
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The motivation for Price's book are the popular Left Behind books by Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye, which Price demonstrates have more than a few problems from a Biblical interpretation standpoint. First, however, he provides a history of the Apocalypse and shows how Biblical chapters and verses have been misread (often intentionally) to promote the idea that the End is Coming. Hence, history is filled with people promising a Judgment Day at a certain time, only to have that day pass without even minimal fireworks.
Price deals with related concepts (such as the Second Coming) and shows the flaws in literal readings about them. He then discusses various apocalyptic novels: first, early ones which are generally more interested in preaching than storytelling, then later ones written by more adept authors. He also discusses mainstream novels such as Stephen King's The Stand that use apocalyptic ideas.
Finally, he gets to the where The Paperback Apocalypse is really leading: a dissection of the Left Behind books. Actually, it's more of a tearing apart. La Haye (the idea man for the books) is particularly criticized, and justifiably so.Read more ›
One positive thing to note on this date: Americans overwhelmingly did NOT buy the End Times rhetoric of one Sarah Palin! Thank God she's been sent back to Alaska and not to Washington DC. There is hope, after all...
Price finds the basis for Jewish apocalypse in the monarchies and creation myths of the Middle-East. When the Jews returned from Babylonian exile they brought these myths with them. Tiamat the sea monster (tohu, Leviathan), and Behemoth (bohu) the earth monster translates to "without form and void," in the Genesis account. They were also influenced by Zoroastrianism. The inspiration for the Jewish apocalyptic writings was the scribe's resentment of the ruling class, and their hope for better times. It was the jealousies and hatreds of ancient minds that were the basis for the biblical text, not the inspiration of God as the Bible teaches (2 Tim 3:11, 2 Pet 1:21).
The idea that the OT predicts Jesus as the Messiah is because the NT authors quote the OT out of context. The tendency of the reformers to break with traditional appeals to the OT leaves Christians unable to prove that they were right and the Jews were wrong. Prophesying Jesus wasn't the original intent of the OT writers. Ancient and medieval apologists only imagined "deeper" levels of meaning. Modern hermeneutics rule out that the NT might explain the OT. The authors had to be speaking about their time and situation. First Price says the NT authors took the OT scriptures out of context. Later he says the ancient Jewish interpreters took the scriptures out of context. Isn't it strange that the authors of the Bible wrote so that they could be understood by using modern hermeneutics, but then they totally disregarded those methods when they interpreted the scriptures?Read more ›
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Price's writing takes some getting used to - in some ways it is tongue-in-cheek and in other ways it's right on - he uses lots of scripture quotes and passages to make his various... Read morePublished on December 8, 2013 by Francis X.
Twenty, nineteen, eighteen, seventeen, sixteen, fifteen, fourteen, thirteen, twelve, eleven, ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one!Published on March 11, 2013 by Fallible Human
This is a wonderful book. It's a book about other books, in this case books which depict the end of the present world as outlined in the biblical book of Revelation. Read morePublished on January 8, 2011 by Jim Davis
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I would have bought "Paperback Apocalypse" anyway, just because I'm a huge fan of Robert Price, but I have a secondary interest... Read more
Will there be a Rapture? Will Jesus return from heaven? Who is the Antichrist? And when will all these things happen? Read morePublished on September 24, 2008 by Charles P. Hobbs
Having read the "Left Behind" series of books, this answer to the absurd premis of them was fun but not nearly as fun to read. Read morePublished on April 14, 2008 by M. S. Whitmore