Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Book of Revelation

Elaine Pagels examines the Book of Revelation and asks questions about its origin and importance. Who wrote the Book of Revelation, when, and why? What other "books of revelation"--Jewish and Christian--were written at the time but left out of the Bible? What accounts for the enduring appeal of this book during the past 2000 years, and even today?

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Blogger alwyn said...

one of top 5 'toughest' books of Scripture to understand (let alone apply); others may include: Job, 1 John.

Rev has so many metaphors that I wonder how so many can be sure of what the *referent* let alone the 'true meaning' of the particular metaphor is (e.g. the scorpions, the Woman, etc.).

Nevertheless, i suspect trying to understand what the original readers may have 'heard' from the book is the important first step (as opposed to trying to 'decipher' it like a prophecy book)

2:14 PM  
Blogger Alex Tang said...

I heard you, Alwyn, and I agree with you that the book must be understoood from the perspective of the original listeners. Is it time the for a NEW PERSPECTIVE?

3:03 PM  

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