Babylon's Cap: Reflections on the Book of Revelation

Babylon's Cap: Reflections on the Book of Revelation


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To read Revelation for meaning today we need to recognize and accept that the Christian community itself has often become the wearer of Babylon's Cap of oppression. This is a reading of Revelation that seeks to hear the voices of postcolonial pain, while never pretending to be a postcolonial analysis.

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ISBN-13: 9781620329672
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 08/08/2013
Pages: 162
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Michael Godfrey is an Anglican Priest who has worked in rural and remote, suburban and inner-urban Australia and New Zealand. He holds a PhD in New Testament from Australian Catholic University, an MA in Literature from Massey University, and a BD from the Melbourne College of Divinity. Godfrey is the author of Entertaining Angels and Babylon's Cap. He was dismissed as Dean of Waiapu, but fought the dismissal, which was overturned by an appellate tribunal. He opted not to return to ministry, preferring to concentrate on writing and further studies. He is a member of the Māori Congregation of Te Pou Herenga Waka o te Whakapono, preaching and leading worship when invited.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface xiii

1 An Introduction to Apocalyptic 1

2 Write This Down! The Letters to the Churches (Rev 1:1-3:22) 16

3 Riders of the Apocalypse and Other Lurid Scenes (Rev 4:1-9:21) 44

4 Shock and Awe (Rev 10:1-14:20) 65

5 It Is Done! (Rev 15:1-20:15) 104

6 Gods Yes (Rev 21:1-End) 126

Bibliography 141

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"Michael Godfrey offers insightful ways of interpreting the visions of John of Patmos, informed by our Australasian context. It is refreshing to read a commentary earthed in antipodean soils and cultures. In Babylon's Cap, he views the text through the lens of contemporary social reflection and illustrates his reading with an insightful selection of literary, political, and social allusions, many of which will be immediately recognized as a 'southern view.'"

—Christopher Honore, St. John's College

"This is a book of rare compassion, at once scholarly, deeply personal, eclectic, and enjoyable. It opens up a text that most Christian readers would find opaque and impenetrable. And it invites us, as Godfrey says in his opening pages, to 'dream a different dream, to transport us to a different story.'"

—Lisa Emerson, Massey University

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