Apocalypse and Allegiance: Worship, Politics, and Devotion in the Book of Revelation

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"Nelson Kraybill has written a fresh, vigorous, imaginative, demanding exposition of the book of Revelation. He has seen how deeply political the book is and has done superb homework on the Roman governance with which Revelation struggles. But his shrewd historical analysis keeps spilling over into our contemporary life?the life of a military chaplain in Texas, a health-care practice in Indiana, a prison visitor in Nebraska, peacemakers in Palestine, a poet in Japan, the police confounded in South Africa. This way of contemporaneity helps us

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"Nelson Kraybill has written a fresh, vigorous, imaginative, demanding exposition of the book of Revelation. He has seen how deeply political the book is and has done superb homework on the Roman governance with which Revelation struggles. But his shrewd historical analysis keeps spilling over into our contemporary life—the life of a military chaplain in Texas, a health-care practice in Indiana, a prison visitor in Nebraska, peacemakers in Palestine, a poet in Japan, the police confounded in South Africa. This way of contemporaneity helps us engage this 'most dangerous book in the Bible.' Readers will be grateful to Kraybill for his agility that continues to surprise and summon as we read."—Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary

"Few today would doubt the political perspective of the book of Revelation, but which perspective: that of fatalism, or that of active witness and resistance? Writing from the distinctive perspective of the Anabaptist tradition, Nelson Kraybill creatively juxtaposes ancient and contemporary history to illuminate the way this remarkable vision both troubles the complacent and inspires resistance to conformity in the quest for a better world."—Christopher Rowland, University of Oxford

"Though the study and practice of Christian worship has long been deepened by the canticles of Revelation 4, 5, and 7, the rest of the book is rarely engaged in many communities. This provocative volume confronts this neglect and helps us imagine the importance of worship practices that are prophetic, countercultural, and deeply aware of the cosmic significance of the claim that Jesus is Lord."—John D. Witvliet, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587432613
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,238,826
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Nelson Kraybill (PhD, Union Theological Seminary in Virginia) has served as president of Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary and has taught the book of Revelation for more than twenty years on four continents. He is the author of Imperial Cult and Commerce in John's Apocalypse and frequently speaks in ecclesial and academic settings on biblical themes of discipleship, peacemaking, leadership, and mission. Kraybill lives in Elkhart, Indiana.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations 8

Acknowledgments 10

Abbreviations 12

Introduction: Worship Is Political 13

1 A Prophet in Trouble 27

2 Stampeding Empires 41

3 Beastly Worship 53

4 Accuser of Our Comrades 71

5 The Cosmic Throne Room 82

6 The Lamb Is Lord of History 97

7 Seal of the Living God 108

8 A Harlot Drunk with Blood 125

9 The Economics of Worship 139

10 Letters to Seven Churches 156

11 All Things New 168

12 Long-Term Hope 182

Time Line of Events, People, and Empires That Figure in Revelation 194

Glossary 197

Relative Value of Roman Coins in the First Century AD 204

Bibliography 205

Map 212

Scripture Index 214

Subject Index 217

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