The events of the first 400 years AD are so important for proponents of Western religions to understand as there are too many common misconceptions anThe events of the first 400 years AD are so important for proponents of Western religions to understand as there are too many common misconceptions and misunderstanding about the truth. this book is written in a simple, coherent and logical manner by breaking down the topic of The Book of Revelations by what's in it, the story of who wrote it, his contemporaries and what they wrote, the events directly following the spread of John's Revelation, Rome's response and finally Rome's conversion, and the establishment of the church and the book.
Two interesting things I took away is that Christians have been modifying the Gospels to align with their own ideals and goals since even within 40 years after Jesus died. It still happens today. The second is that the placement and inclusion of Revelation in the Bible was a strong political move, and the logic of it's inclusion hasn't been readdressed since 300 CE.
I much enjoyed this book as the stories play out like an HBO serial....more
Timeless. I was drawn to this book after seeing the Czech film "Faust" made in the '90s. The basic outline was the same - Faust sells his soul to theTimeless. I was drawn to this book after seeing the Czech film "Faust" made in the '90s. The basic outline was the same - Faust sells his soul to the devil, etc. But the book (with translation notes) has so much more depth. There are sources from ancient texts, Shakespeare, the Bible, critics and authors of the time, text of the occult which can no longer be found. Goethe seems to write this for an audience of his time, especially an enlightened one. However, since the story is such a classic idea, it is also timeless and has lasted so long.
Faust was one of the quickest reads for such a classic I've had. I'm not implying that I understood every metaphor, but the notes in the back of my book were a great help to finding the right resources to learn more about what he was talking about.
I'd recommend everyone read this at least once in their life....more