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Crisis and Catharsis: The Power of the Apocalypse 1st Edition
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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.Read more ›
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.
this is a must to read for those who seek to explore narrative techniques of the apocalypse.
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While this book is clearly written for a lay audience and certainly can give those interested in the book of Revelations something concrete to think about, I don't think that the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Laura Knight-Jadczyk
For anyone interested in learning about the book of Revelation, this is one to read. Historical, theological, scholarly, and to the point.Published on February 24, 2014 by Boricuavill06