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Revelations - Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation-logo

Revelations - Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation

Elaine Pagels

Elaine Pagels explores the surprising history of the most controversial book of the Bible. In the waning days of the Roman Empire, militant Jews in Jerusalem had waged an all-out war against Rome's occupation of Judea, and their defeat resulted in the desecration of the Great Temple in Jerusalem. In the aftermath of that war, John of Patmos, a Jewish prophet and follower of Jesus, wrote the Book of Revelation, prophesying God's judgment on the pagan empire that devastated and dominated his people. Soon after, Christians fearing arrest and execution championed John's prophecies as offering hope for deliverance from evil. Others seized on the Book of Revelation as a weapon against heretics and infidels of all kinds. Even after John's prophecies seemed disproven-instead of being destroyed, Rome became a Christian empire-those who loved John's visions refused to discard them and instead reinterpreted them-as Christians have done for two thousand years. 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.

Elaine Pagels explores the surprising history of the most controversial book of the Bible. In the waning days of the Roman Empire, militant Jews in Jerusalem had waged an all-out war against Rome's occupation of Judea, and their defeat resulted in the desecration of the Great Temple in Jerusalem. In the aftermath of that war, John of Patmos, a Jewish prophet and follower of Jesus, wrote the Book of Revelation, prophesying God's judgment on the pagan empire that devastated and dominated his people. Soon after, Christians fearing arrest and execution championed John's prophecies as offering hope for deliverance from evil. Others seized on the Book of Revelation as a weapon against heretics and infidels of all kinds. Even after John's prophecies seemed disproven-instead of being destroyed, Rome became a Christian empire-those who loved John's visions refused to discard them and instead reinterpreted them-as Christians have done for two thousand years. 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.
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Elaine Pagels explores the surprising history of the most controversial book of the Bible. In the waning days of the Roman Empire, militant Jews in Jerusalem had waged an all-out war against Rome's occupation of Judea, and their defeat resulted in the desecration of the Great Temple in Jerusalem. In the aftermath of that war, John of Patmos, a Jewish prophet and follower of Jesus, wrote the Book of Revelation, prophesying God's judgment on the pagan empire that devastated and dominated his people. Soon after, Christians fearing arrest and execution championed John's prophecies as offering hope for deliverance from evil. Others seized on the Book of Revelation as a weapon against heretics and infidels of all kinds. Even after John's prophecies seemed disproven-instead of being destroyed, Rome became a Christian empire-those who loved John's visions refused to discard them and instead reinterpreted them-as Christians have done for two thousand years. 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Lorna Raver

Length:

6h 29m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:18


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:20


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:42


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:45


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:31


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:59


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:20


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:20


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:26


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:00


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:57


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:06


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:32


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:24


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:28


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:13


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:12


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:52


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:31


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:46


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:42


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:59


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:31


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:46


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:06


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:37


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:31


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:08


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:54


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:47


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:40


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

01:53


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:26


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:09


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:49


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:27


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:30


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:36


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:56


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:23


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:16


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:32


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:07


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:49


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:45


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:20


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:07


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:35


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:24


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:03


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:36


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:58


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:52


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:39


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:31


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:10


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:08


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:35


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:43


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:10


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:40


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:45


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:18


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:23


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:00


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:34


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:09


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:05


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:52


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:31


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:20


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:10


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:28


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:00


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:40


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:46


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:13


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

00:35