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Unveiling Empire: Reading Revelation Then and Now (Bible & Liberation)
Unveiling Empire: Reading Revelation Then and Now (Bible & Liberation)
by Wes Howard-Brook
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A rational and useful interpretation of Revelation, November 15, 1999
There seems in general to be two encampments around the book of Revelation. Fundamentalists have literalized it, wrapped their theological arms around it, and made it their gospel. Mainstream denominations have largely ignored it, treating it rather like Uncle John, the gospel family's erratic eccentric . Why either group would stretch themselves to read this book is unclear. Outside of a seminary classroom, this book seems to have no intended audience. But it must be more broadly read. I have felt the authors' passionate plea for justice which winds its way through the pages of the Old and New Testament and culminates with the visceral images in Revelation. John of Patmos has metamorphosed from worm to wasp as he stings the institutions of capitalism and creates the structure by which oppression can be identified and resisted. If you suspect that things are not what they ought to be, if something seems amiss within the status quo, if you have ever felt that the world seems somehow upside down, join with these two authors on a trip through the mind of John of Patmos. In their hands, the Book of Revelation becomes a careful, considered, coherent plan of action which puts the immanence of God before immediate gratification and an interest in the sacred above commercial interests. Mere words cannot express my appreciation to these two authors for unveiling the message behind the images in this often misunderstood biblical text. You must read this book.

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