Revelations about the Book of Revelation: Elaine Pagels tells the truth about one of the Bible's most controversial books.
Probably the most consequential vision of the future ever written is the Bible's Book of Revelation. If God didn't write it (through the sainted instrument of someone named John), then who did, and why?Elaine Pagels has a persuasive answer, spectacularly illustrated. The author of The Gnostic Gospels; Beyond Belief; andRevelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation, Pagels analyzes other revelations of the time (they were common) and examines how John's particular version of apocalypse made it into the world's most popular book. John had his own agenda. It wasn't Christian.
Dr. Elaine Pagels
Elaine Pagels is the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University and author of the New York Times best-seller Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation, published in March 2012. Her other books on the history of religion include the award-winning The Gnostic Gospels; Adam, Eve and the Serpant: Sex and Politics in Early Christianity; and The Origin of Satan: How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics. She has been widely profiled and has received many awards, including a MacArthur Prize Fellowship. In 2005, she received the Centennial Medal from Harvard University in recognition of outstanding contributions to society. She is a trustee of the Aspen Institute.
Elaine Pagels, author of Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation, discusses the influence and persistence of faith and religion in the 21st century and how faith is deeper than rational thought.
Elaine Pagels, author of Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation, discusses how the Book of Revelation is a multipurpose story. It has been used throughout history to explain and deal with difficult times.