The narrator sounds like someones 75 year old grandmother who smokes 3 packs of cigarettes a day for the past 50 years, . Never could get used to her narration and the narrator seem to me to have read the book with a sort of disdain or contempt for Christianity, which I don't believe the author intended. It was in a sort of sarcastic tone. Hard to explain.
The book however, is very enlightening on the history of Christianity. I have learned a great deal about early Christians and the initial movement. Loved the descriptions of the early monastic life of many christian sects, very moving.
I got this book because I have always been fascinated at people's interpretations to the book of Revelations. This book does a thorough job of detailing the history of the book to the point of it's inclusion in the bible. But what I was looking for was what has happened since then. The description of the book seemed to hint that this would be discussed but sadly it was not. If you looking for an examination of Revelations and some of the early history this will definitely fit the bill.
Im a Christian with a lot of questions and most have to do with Revelation. Thank you Elaine for helping me to put into perspective what i hope the Lord has been trying to tell me on a personal level. Youve enlightened me. Happy New Year and God Bless.
as a devote christ follower I enjoyed this book. it dives deep in biblical history specifically surrounding the final book of the new testimate. it get a little long in the tooth but I enjoy the in depth research and background surrounding the bible and the context in which it was written.
I enjoyed the broader view and historical account of the book of Revelation. Understanding the origins of the modern Bible is something all Christians should pursue as part of developing their relationship with Christ.
I always enjoy professor Pegel's books and audiobooks. This book and also the accompanying audiobook is historically detailed and provides very concise background regarding John of Parmos' Book of Revelation, providing social details of that period of human history, and also other religious works from the same time period. It was very interesting to learn the background of what and why we have what we do as the accepted Old and New Testament. The power struggle among the early church leaders explains a lot about how the Roman government stole a religion, how the formation of the early Roman Catholic Church assured women lost their place in early Christianity, and also how a strong-willed clergy can take over nations and gain vast amounts of wealth.
I don't want to seem to throw negative insinuations toward any religion, but the knowledge and comparisons are there to understand and make for yourself. After all, one should remember that the most important thing about Christianity is Christ!
I think it behooves each person truly interested in knowing and understanding the totality of Christianity should study the deeper aspects of Christianity, especially it's early teachings, not just the teachings that someone approximately 1700 years ago decided that you should know about and study.
The full God, the Son of God, and the Holy Spirit are very much alive in this day and age, as they always have been, and always will be. Thank you for reading this review and my views regarding this work by Elaine Pagels.
Revelation is not an easy book to write about, but it is not boring. I was bored.
I was looking for a book that could potentially explain Revelations, so I was a little disappointed, yet curious, when I realized this book was more about the political context related to the writing and inclusion of Revelations in the bible. Still, it is very interesting stuff, especially the part about "secret books" of the bible. Will certainly be looking up the gnostic gospels in the future. Worth a listen for context sake.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
Elaine Pagels is a Professor of Religion at Princeton University. One can draw different conclusions from Pagels’ history of religion but end times holds a high place in Pagels’ research and opinion about “Revelations”.
“Revelations” is the second Elaine Pagels’ book reviewed in this blog. From her chosen profession and the previous quote, one presumes Ms. Pagels is a spiritual person but a review of her work seems to challenge bed-rock Catholic beliefs. The first review in this blog, “The Gnostic Gospels”, shows Catholic religion and its hierarchical organization as more man-made than divinely inspired. That sentiment is equally drawn from her history of “Revelations”; which is not to diminish Pagels’ spirituality but to infer that her scholarly histories of religion are interpretations of mankind’s divine belief rather than manifestations of a supreme being.
Are Pagels’ books an endorsement of humanism or religion? One draws their own conclusion; however, her scholarly pursuit of religious’ history is, at the very least, fascinating and informative.