Revelation by the Numbers

Ian Paul shared this chart a while back, suggesting that it provides evidence for the unity of Revelation. I’m not so sure – I’m not entirely persuaded by redactional proposals, but I definitely see why such solutions to the puzzles of Revelation appeal to some. What do readers of this blog think? Is the Book [Read More...]

Spoiler or Revelation?

From People in White Coats. The expectation of an apocalyptic return of Jesus in the Bible is something that, in our era of much-decreased Biblical literacy, might indeed surprise some people. I’ve heard lots of people refer to “the second coming of Jesus Christ” and mean, not a descent from heaven on clouds of Jesus who [Read More...]

A Progressive Understanding of Revelation and Experience

Eric Reitan wrote the following in a recent post: Here, in a nutshell, is the idea behind a progressive understanding of divine revelation and human religion: God is imperfectly encountered in experience, filtered through the assumptions and prejudices and conceptual categories that we bring to our experience–our worldview, if you will. But experience also transforms [Read More...]

Just Kidding

Saw this in a collection of funny church signs. It comes from a congregation in New Hampshire. [Read more...]

Making Money Off Of Mysteries

Fred Clark has a post about Tim LaHaye's latest attempt to do the opposite of clarifying the meaning of the Book of Revelation. In fact, what such authors do is, first, to either make Revelation seem more mysterious than it is, or play on and cultivate a widespread failure to make sense of the text. [Read More...]

Ironic Misprint

Matthew Malcolm pointed out the above misprint in an NRSV Bible. For a verse to go missing from the final chapter of Revelation is particularly ironic, given what it says just a few verses after the missing one! [Read more...]

Agog About Gog

Mike Skinner wrote a post about the end-times prophecy approach to the Bible, and the attempt by some to identify Vladmir Putin as Ezekiel’s Gog. Here’s the conclusion: Let’s stop the madness of pretending that ancient prophetic texts are futuristic codes for us to decipher current political events. Let’s read the biblical texts responsibly. Click through [Read More...]

Syria and the End Times

Hemant Mehta shared some interesting statistics and infographics about what Americans think about Syria, and how events there may be leading up to the “end times.” These statistics also give us in the process a good sense of how many Americans have never consulted a scholarly commentary on the Book of Revelation… [Read more...]

Cloud Atlas

On the flight back from the UK, I had the chance to watch the movie Cloud Atlas. It really was spectacular, in many different ways. The story, told in different time periods which turn out to be interconnected, is enthralling, and the imagery of the two very different periods in the future is stunning. God [Read More...]

Lee Harmon on the Two Witnesses

James Bradford Pate has been blogging about a book by Lee Harmon on the Book of Revelation. One of the most interesting things I noticed is Harmon’s suggestion that the two witnesses in Revelation 11 could be the priests Jesus and Ananus, both of whom are killed, in close connection to which (according to Josephus) [Read More...]

Charles Häberl on Mandaean History and the Haran Gawaita

Charles Haberl has posted a couple of things on his blog Philogastry, about a particularly intriguing Mandaean text, known as Haran Gawaita or “The Great Revelation”: Legends and Lore in the Great Revelation Legends and Lore in the Great Revelation, continued I also came across an article by E. S. Drower, “Mandaean Writings,” that has [Read More...]


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