The final book of the Bible, Revelation prophesies the ultimate judgement of mankind in a series of allegorical visions, grisly images and numerological predictions. According to these, empires will fall, the "Beast" will be destroyed and Christ will rule a new Jerusalem. With an introduction by Will Self.
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," in 66 CE. 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 hierarchies. In 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.
The Book of Revelation is a fascinating piece of Scripture as well as an extraordinary piece of literature. In this Tyndale Commentary, Ian Paul takes a disciplined approach to the text, paying careful attention to the ways that John draws from the Old Testament. Additionally, Paul examines how the original audience would have heard this message from John, and then draws helpful comments for contemporary reflection.
Engage Your Imagination Gain insight into one of the Bible’s most confusing, and controversial, books. See how John’s first readers would have understood his apocalyptic visions as well as how others have interpreted these throughout church history. Trace Revelation’s expansive allusions throughout the Old and New Testaments so you can decide what you believe about the letter’s “end times” signs and symbols. In the end, walk away with a clearer understanding of how John’s images bolstered the faith of the churches he loved and how they can fortify your own faith today. LifeChange LifeChange Bible studies will help you grow in Christlikeness through a life-changing encounter with God’s Word. Filled with a wealth of ideas for going deeper so you can return to this study again and again. Features Cover the entire book of Revelation in 15 lessons Equip yourself to lead a Bible study Imagine the Bible’s historical world Study word origins and definitions Explore thoughtful questions on key themes Go deeper with optional projects Find the flexibility to fit the time you have
A well-respected New Testament scholar provides a substantive yet accessible commentary on this difficult and intriguing book of the Bible.
Revelation reveals the truth about the last days and the signs leading up to the last days. This book is an in depth study of the book of Revelation. It is a verse by verse study put together in a chronological sequence. It reads like a novel, but it is truly non-fiction. This book is unique in that it describes a different, but more scripturally accurate time line for the Rapture, Seals, Trumpets and Bowls than the current and popular view. This book will answer questions like these: * What are the signs of the end times? * What is the Rapture? * What events immediately preceed and follow the Rapture? * What is the Tribulation? * What happens during the Tribulation? * How long does the Tribulation last? * Why do I need to be concerned with this anyway? God does want us to know about the end times. He has revealed the truth to us in the book of Revelation. Come with me on this journey and let's take a look at it.
Under the guidance of one of the world's leading New Testament scholars, you and your small group will here discover that the bizarre images of Revelation conceal one of Scripture's clearest and most dramatic visions of God's plan for creation.
Translates and interprets the Apocalypse of John, investigating theories of authorship and deducing that the inspirations for the visions lay in the prophecies of John the Baptist.