Reading Revelation Responsibly

Reading Revelation Responsibly

Uncivil Worship and Witness : Following the Lamb Into the New Creation

Book - 2011
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This book "is for those who are confused by, afraid of, and/or preoccupied with the book of Revelation. In rescuing the Apocalypse from those who either completely misinterpret it or completely ignore it, Michael Gorman has given us both a guide to reading Revelation in a responsible way and a theological engagement with the text itself. He takes interpreting the book as a serious and sacred responsibility, believing how one reads, teaches, and preaches Revelation can have a powerful impact on one's own--and other people's--well-being. Gorman pays careful attention to the book's original historical and literary contexts, its connections to the rest of Scripture, its relationship to Christian doctrine and practice, and its potential to help or harm people in their life of faith. Rather than a script for the end times, Gorman demonstrates how Revelation is a script for Christian worship, witness, and mission that runs counter to culturally embedded civil religion."--Publisher description.
Publisher: Eugene, Or. : Cascade Books, ©2011.
ISBN: 9781606085608
1606085603
Characteristics: xvii, 211 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Contents: Prelude : reading Revelation responsibly
The puzzle, problem, and promise of Revelation
What are we reading? : the form of Revelation
What are we reading? : the substance of Revelation
How do we read it? : interpreting Revelation
Seven pastoral-prophetic messages from the Risen Lord (Revelation 1-3)
The central and centering vision : God and the Lamb (Revelation 4-5)
Conflict and characters : the drama of Revelation
Visions of the judgment of God (Revelation 6-20)
Final vision, hope fulfilled : new Heaven, new Earth, new city (Revelation 21-22)
Following the Lamb : the spirituality of Revelation
Postlude : reading Revelation responsibly (reprise).
Summary: This book "is for those who are confused by, afraid of, and/or preoccupied with the book of Revelation. In rescuing the Apocalypse from those who either completely misinterpret it or completely ignore it, Michael Gorman has given us both a guide to reading Revelation in a responsible way and a theological engagement with the text itself. He takes interpreting the book as a serious and sacred responsibility, believing how one reads, teaches, and preaches Revelation can have a powerful impact on one's own--and other people's--well-being. Gorman pays careful attention to the book's original historical and literary contexts, its connections to the rest of Scripture, its relationship to Christian doctrine and practice, and its potential to help or harm people in their life of faith. Rather than a script for the end times, Gorman demonstrates how Revelation is a script for Christian worship, witness, and mission that runs counter to culturally embedded civil religion."--Publisher description.

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