The Apostles' creed ends with a statement of Christian belief in "the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting." The second article of the Nicene Creed states that Jesus Christ "will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end." Eschatology, from the Greek word eschata, meaning "last things," is the technical word for the Christian v
Apocalypse and Allegiance
Worship, Politics, and Devotion in the Book of Revelation
After taking my course on Revelation a few years ago, a young pastor from Africa claimed that the course was life-changing. Why? Because the theology of the Left Behind phenomenon, exported to Africa by Christians in the U.S., had his country in its grip. But this pastor had found a new and exciting way to interpret the last book of the Bible.
The Historical Christ and the Theological Jesus
Dale C. Allison Jr.
No Ordinary Angel: Celestial Spirits and Christian Claims About Jesus
Susan R. Garrett
Original Sin: A Cultural History
Revelation: A Commentary (New Testament Library)
Brian K. Blount
The Gospel of John and Christian Theology
Richard Bauckham and Carl Mosser, eds.
Sinners: Jesus and His Earliest Followers
The Moral Teaching of Paul: Selected Issues (3rd edition)
Victor Paul Furnish
An Introduction to the Bible
Robert Kugler and Patrick Hartin
I, II, and III John: A Commentary (New Testament Library)
Judith M. Lieu
Mark 8-16: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary
Few biblical scholars at work today combine Allison’s extensive learning, personal modesty and refreshing honesty. In this study he attempts to reconcile his theological commitments and his historical reconstruction.
In her 2004 book The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation (Westview), Barbara R. Rossing challenged notions about the rapture and the end-times destruction of the earth that are popular in evangelical Christian circles and are elaborated in the Left Behind series of novels.
I was fascinated to learn that New Testament scholar Barbara Rossing was first drawn to studying the book of Revelation because of her interest in environmental issues. Many of us are not much interested in apocalyptic literature, especially not as represented by the Left Behind novels.
Revelation Through the Centuries: The Apocalypse to Jesus Christ.
Judith Kovacs and Christopher Rowland
Can I Get A Witness? Reading Revelation Through African American Culture
The hugely popular “Left Behind” series of novels continues to frustrate mainstream pastors and biblical scholars who object to an “end-times” theology they consider just as fictional as the books’ genre. The readers are real, however. The tenth and most recent volume in the series, The Remnant, picked up 2.4 million orders in the two months before its July release.
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