By Jonathan Kirsch
"[The ebook of] Revelation has served as a "language arsenal" in an excellent the various social, cultural, and political conflicts in Western heritage. repeatedly, Revelation has stirred a few harmful women and men to behave out their very own inner most apocalypses. notably, the ethical calculus of Revelation—the demonization of one's enemies, the sanctification of revenge taking, and the suggestion that heritage needs to result in catastrophe—can be detected in many of the worst atrocities and excesses of all ages, together with our personal. For all of those purposes, the remainder of us forget about the publication of Revelation in basic terms at our impoverishment and, extra to the purpose, at our personal peril."
The mysterious writer of the publication of Revelation (or the Apocalypse, because the final booklet of the recent testomony can be recognized) by no means thought of that his sermon at the approaching finish instances could final past his personal existence. in truth, he expected that the destruction of the earth will be witnessed by means of his contemporaries. but Revelation not just outlived its author; this brilliant and violent revenge fable has performed an important position within the march of Western civilization.
Ever on the grounds that Revelation used to be first preached because the printed notice of Jesus Christ, it has haunted and encouraged hearers and readers alike. The mark of the beast, the Antichrist, 666, the Whore of Babylon, Armageddon, and the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse are only some of the pictures, words, and codes that experience burned their approach into the cloth of our tradition. The questions raised pass instantly to the center of the human worry of dying and obsession with the afterlife. can we, separately or jointly, trip off to glory, or do we drown in hellfire for all eternity? As those that top manage this darkish imaginative and prescient discovered, which part we fall on is usually a subject of lifestyles or demise. Honed right into a weapon within the ongoing tradition wars among states, religions, and citizenry, Revelation has considerably altered the process background.
Kirsch, whom the Washington Post calls "a effective storyteller with an aptitude for rendering old stories proper and attractive to trendy audiences," supplies a far-ranging, pleasing, and surprising background of this scandalous e-book, which was once approximately minimize from the recent testomony. From the autumn of the Roman Empire to the Black demise, the Inquisition to the Protestant Reformation, the recent global to the increase of the spiritual correct, this chronicle of the use and abuse of the ebook of Revelation tells the story of the unfolding of background and the hopes, fears, goals, and nightmares of all humanity.
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A History of the End of the World: How the Most Controversial Book in the Bible Changed the Course of Western Civilization by Jonathan Kirsch