Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Apocalypse: Book of Revelation (Pagels)

Elaine Pagels won the Patt Morrison Show (SCPR.org)
What the Book of Revelation tells us about the Apocalypse
The Book of Revelation has defined the Christian concept of the Apocalypse, in terms of imagery and prophecy, more than any other book included in the Judeo-Christian Bible.

For nearly 2,000 years the final book of the New Testament has inspired some of Western culture’s greatest paintings, music, and poetry.

In her new book Revelations: Visions, Prophecy and Politics in the Book of Revelation, Princeton University Professor of Religion Elaine Pagels examines the Book of Revelation.

It was written in the context of a first century Roman war against Jews and attributed to a likely refugee from Jerusalem called "John of Patmos."
Prof. Pagels also investigates why the book seems so different in tone and content than the rest of the New Testament and why it has been so controversial in light of interpretations and doomsday prophecies.

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