Dating the book of revelation debate
She read it again in writing her latest book, “Revelations: Visions, Prophecy & Politics in the Book of Revelation.” Pagels’ book is built around a simple question: What does Revelation mean?
Her answers may disturb people who see the book as a prophecy about the end of the world.
People who don’t even follow religion are nonetheless familiar with figures and images from Revelation. At the center of this final battle between good and evil is an action-hero-like Jesus, who is in no mood to turn the other cheek.
The last book in the Bible has fascinated readers for centuries. The book virtually drips with blood and reeks of sulfur.
It may have scared some theologians, too, who began encountering people whose view of Revelation comes from a Hollywood movie.
D., burned down its great temple and left the city in ruins after putting down an armed Jewish revolt.The arrogant and demented Nero was particularly despised by the earliest followers of Jesus, including the writer of Revelation.Nero was said to have burned followers of Jesus alive to illuminate his garden.Here’s the passage from Revelation that “The Omen” alluded to: “This calls for wisdom: let anyone with understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a person.Its number is six hundred sixty-six.” Good movies, though, don’t always make good theology.