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

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A profound exploration of the Bible's most controversial book--from the author of Beyond Belief and The Gnostic Gospels



The strangest book of the New Testament, filled with visions of the Rapture, the whore of Babylon, and apocalyptic writing of the end of times, the Book of Revelation has fascinated readers for more than two thousand years, but where did it come from? And what are the meanings of its surreal images of dragons, monsters, angels, and cosmic war?

Elaine Pagels, New York Times bestselling author and "the preeminent voice of biblical scholarship to the American public" (The Philadelphia Inquirer), elucidates the true history of this controversial book, uncovering its origins and the roots of dissent, violence, and division in the world's religions. Brilliantly weaving scholarship with a deep understanding of the human needs to which religion speaks, Pagels has written what may be the masterwork of her unique career.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 244 pages
  • 134 x 200 x 22mm | 200g
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Frontispiece; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0143121634
  • 9780143121633
  • 201,478

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"Pagels is an absorbing, intelligent, and eye-opening companion. Calming and broad-minded here, as in her earlier works, she applies a sympathetic and humane eye to texts that are neither subtle nor sympathetically humane but lit instead by fury."--Adam Gopnik, "The New Yorker"
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About Elaine Pagels

Elaine Pagels is the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University and the author of Reading Judas, The Gnostic Gospels-winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award- and the New York Times bestseller Beyond Belief. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
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