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

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

by J. Nelson Kraybill


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In this lively introduction, J. Nelson Kraybill shows how the book of Revelation was understood by its original readers and what it means for Christians today. Kraybill places Revelation in its first-century context, opening a window into the political, economic, and social realities of the early church. His fresh interpretation highlights Revelation's liturgical structure and directs readers' attentions to twenty-first-century issues of empire, worship, and allegiance, showing how John's apocalypse is relevant to the spiritual life of believers today. The book includes maps, timelines, photos, a glossary, discussion questions, and stories of modern Christians who live out John's vision of a New Jerusalem.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587432613
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/2010
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About 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.

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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