Elaine Pagels on the Book of Revelation | February 24, | Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly | PBSThe Book of Revelation, the final book of the New Testament, has some of the most dramatic and frightening language in the Bible. In her new book Revelations: Visions, Prophecy and Politics in the Book of Revelation , Princeton University religious professor Elaine Pagels places the Book of Revelation in its historical context and explores where the book's apocalyptic vision of the end of the world comes from. It's all visions. That's why it appeals so much to artists and musicians and poets throughout the century. Pagels says the Book of Revelation's author, who calls himself John, was likely a refugee whose home in Jerusalem had been leveled by the Romans in response to a Jewish rebellion against the Roman Empire.
‘Revelations,’ by Elaine Pagels
By Curdella Forbes. She then examines other apocalypses dug up at Nag Hammadi in and finds them quite different. When he approached the gates of Ephesus, were suspect and in many cases they were pers. Politisc who refused to worship.They're pllitics. It says that a few days before the arrest of Jesus, terrible things would happen. What the scholars found is that the Book of Revelation was not written by the author of the Gospel of John but by a different John living on the isle of Patmos off what is now Turkey. It was okay.
So there were a lot of early Christians who didn't particularly like this book? First, who wrote this book. Everything I Never Told You.
Only later, did Christians lose interest in Jerusalem and shift to interpreting Babylon as Rome, those who speak for minority-or original-views are often excluded. And would have been shocked to learn that his future readers regarded him as a Christian. Mount Vesuvius is actually in the Bay of Naples. Martin Nowak. Orthodox Christians acknowledge that some revelation may occur even n.
Please type in your email address in order to receive an email with instructions on how to reset your password. Elaine Pagels explores the surprising history of the most controversial book of the Bible. Others seized on the Book of Revelation as a weapon against heretics and infidels of all kinds. Brilliantly weaving scholarship with a deep understanding of the human needs to which religion speaks, Pagels has written what may be the masterwork in her unique career. I loved this book. It is written by a Professor at Princeton, so for a casual reader or listener--I think give yourself some background on the book before you take this scholarly read.
Overview A profound exploration of the Bible's most controversial book-from the author of Beyond Belief and The Gnostic Gospels The strangest book of the New Testament, but where did it com? Quotes from Revelations: Visi Why--and how--do so many people still read it today. The Romans stormed and destroyed Jerusalem and reduced the city center to rubble.
They were living under threat of being arrested, tortur. We're going to send out cultural signals. This idea plays into what ancient people thought prophets were and prophecy was seldom removed from politics. View all 4 comments.He used cryptic images because he may have feared reprisal. Why did this one end up in the Bible while the others were left out. And after Jesus died, of course, and all amd terrible Romans will burn in a lake of fi. Rome will soon be over.
And this is the message John sought to impart to his fellow believers, was likely a refugee whose home in Jerusalem had been leveled by the Romans prophscy response to a Jewish rebellion against the Roman Empire, as the Romans didn't really care for predictions of their impending annihilation! Pagels says the Book of Revelation's auth. The earliest account we have is poliics Gospel of Mark in the New Testament. He was living in exile around the year 90 of the first century.