Chris Mcmanaman's Reviews > Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation

Revelations by Elaine Pagels
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Jul 18, 12

bookshelves: history-religion
Read from July 12 to 18, 2012

My thoughts and take aways:

Everyone who is a Christian should read a book on early Christianity to get a sense of how the religion evolved.

John was the crazy guy on the street corner screaming and yelling the end of the world is near and that Rome would fall and Jerusalem would rise. There were tons of John of Patmos in the early Christian Era. Each having their own vision of the end of the world. John's was the most popular.

Instead Rome took his religion and Book of Revelations to govern the masses.

The city that the Jews hated the most because of what they were doing to Israel...is now the center of their religion.

It sounds like the Roman governing of Israel was as traumatic to Jews as the Holocaust and it lasted longer.
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