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Revelation for the rest of us : a prophetic call to follow Jesus as a dissident disciple

McKnight, Scot (author.). Matchett, Cody, (author.).

Summary: "The biblical Book of Revelation frustrates and fascinates many people with its imagery and apocalyptic tone. Most popular interpretations of the book rely on a perspective known as dispensationalism, popularized by the Scofield Bible and more recently the Left Behind series of novels. Yet there are many problems with this popular way of reading Revelation, and until now, few alternatives have been available that were easy to understand. In Revelation for the Rest of Us, Scot McKnight with Cody Matchett explore the timeless message of Revelation and how it speaks to us today with a courageous challenge to be faithful witnesses to Jesus while standing against the ever-present reality of worldly authorities. The writer, John, stimulates the imagination to see the world differently, through the eyes of God, presenting a "divine politic" that subverts the anti-god patterns of governments, empires, and those in power. McKnight addresses the popular misconceptions about the book, explaining what John means in his use of the images of dragons, lambs, and beasts, and how the symbolism of Revelation speaks powerfully to the present day--though not in the way most people think. Drawing from the latest scholarship, they present an understanding of Revelation for anyone interested in deepening their personal study of the Bible as well as preachers looking to communicate this timeless message today. McKnight offers in this book a discipleship manual for discerning the immoralities of political powers and how the church can be both an agent of resistance and transformation. John designed his Book of Revelation to disciple readers into dissidents of the ways of the world and empire. John describes that empire with the term "Babylon." Babylon is a timeless image of empire, militarism, economic exploitation, injustice, and oppression. The Book of Revelation disciples Christians through worship and the courageous challenge of faithful, or allegiant, witness to the slaughtered-Lamb. John's dissident disciples can discern the presence of "Babylon" in our world and learn to speak up, speak out, and walk in the way of the Lamb. He disciples us by stimulating our imaginations to see the world and "Babylon" through the eyes of God, and in so doing John presents a "divine politic," a view of government and power that subverts the anti-god patterns of "Babylon" today"--

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  • OCLC: on1352480420
  • ISBN: 9780310135791
  • ISBN: 0310135788
  • ISBN: 9780310135784
  • Physical Description: xiii, 312 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
  • Published: Grand Rapids, Michigan :Zondervan Reflective,[2023]
  • Publisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan Reflective, [2023]

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Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Contents: Reading Revelation as if for the first time: Revelation for too many -- For whom was the book of Revelation written? (Take a deep breath) -- Revelation and imagination -- The playbill of Revelation: Babylon's identity -- Babylon's characteristics -- The dragon and its wild things -- The lamb -- The faithful witnesses -- The dramatic narrative for the characters: The drama of Revelation -- An interlude about the interludes -- Three times seven=Completion -- A prophet spinning plates -- Divine judgments or disciplines? -- Visions of final justice -- A new Jerusalem imagination -- New Jerusalem as promise for victors -- Living in Babylon: Babylon in the seven churches -- Worshiping in Babylon -- Worship as witness -- Discipleship for dissidents today: Four marks of Babylon today -- How then shall we live in Babylon? -- A manifesto for dissident disciples -- Appendices: Dispensationalism's seven dispensations -- What's an apocalypse? -- The antichrist -- Armageddon (Har-Magedon) -- Ancient mythologies -- The rapture (a very brief history) -- Rapture or resurrection? -- Is Revelation fantasy? -- The millennium -- Utopia, eutopia, euchronia, and progressivism -- The songs of Revelation -- The progress of progressivism -- Recommended commentaries -- Recommended studies.
Subject: Bible -- Revelation -- Bible -- Revelation -- Criticism, interpretation, etc
RELIGION / Biblical Commentary / New Testament / Revelation
RELIGION / Biblical Meditations / New Testament
Bible -- Revelation -- Bible -- Revelation
Genre: Criticism, interpretation, etc.

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