Apocalypse Recalled: The Book of Revelation After Christendom

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Fortress Press - Religion - 271 pages
The Book of Revelation has often been read as a set of endtime scenarios, glorifying a vengeful God and predicting and even fomenting apocalyptic violence. Yet it continues to exert a profound hold on the dreams and visions, fears and nightmares of our contemporary, first-world, secular culture. Harry Maier insists that, however much one is skeptical of its misuse or awed by its influence, Revelation still harbors a powerful and important message for Christians today. His fascinating book, erudite yet also intensely personal, asks us to recall Apocalypse through a careful exegesis of Revelation's deeper literary currents against the backdrop of imperial Rome. He explores the narrrator's literary identity, the plot or journey of the text, its many ocular and aural dimensions, and the ambiguous temporal dimensions of its "past vision of a future time." Revelation, he believes, "offers an inversion of the violent and militaristic ideals of a first-century Roman Empire by offering a highly ironical political parody of imperial politics and insisting the true power belongs to the hero of the Apocalypse, the Slain Lamb." In the end, Apocalypse Recalled seeks to free the imprisoned John of Patmos and employ his massively influential and controversial text to awaken a sleeping, sidelined, and culturally assimilated church to new imperatives of discipleship. Key Features A responsible study that rescues the Book of Revelation from fundamentalist interpretations A call to understand and emulate the early church's relationship to political power A creative hypothesis about the literary character of the book
 

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His explanation of statements of imminence is murky and doesn't do justice to the intent of such statements. Shortly and Quickly are everywhere in the NT to be interpreted literally. God said to Paul: "Make haste: get thee quickly out of Jerusalem; for they will not receive your testimony of me." Was Paul to say, "Well, it's a shortly but not yet, so I think I will hang around for a while"? No. In fact, just as in Revelation, God used qualifying language, just like Peter's "The end is at hand. Be watchful *therefore* and sober unto prayer." The end is that of Revelation, that is, the end of the Judaic system and it's rituals and economy.
This faulty interpretation explodes Maier's whole interpretation, for he removes Revelation out of its entire context just by misinterpreting the first three verses. The book is about the imminent destruction of the temple, yes, including chapters 20-22.
Please see www.eschatology.com for a sound biblical alternative.
Ward
 

Contents

Apocalypse Troubles
1
The Open Work
7
Taking It Personally
12
Life amid the Ruins
17
Nietzsches Cows
21
Reading as a Laodicean
30
IJohn
40
From Cell to Clinic
48
Games with Time
123
Making Time
132
A Special Kind of Middle
136
Placing Time
148
Taking Time
156
Remembering Apocalypse
159
The Praise of Folly
164
Ironys Stage
170

Against Interpretation
53
Making It Personal
55
Remembering Apocalypse
61
Seeing Things
64
Gods Spectacle
71
Performing Apocalypse
75
Remembering Apocalypse
87
Hearing Voices
91
Making Noises
108
Remembering Apocalypse
116
Irony Demystifying
178
Parodies in the Contact Zone
182
A Fools Paradise
190
Remembering Apocalypse
198
Abbreviations
208
Notes
210
Index of Names and Subjects
251
Index of Biblical References
262
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