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Apocalypse and Allegiance by J. Nelson Kraybill
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it was amazing

Kraybill provides an excellent commentary on the theme and background of the book of Revelation (the Apocalypse) to bring to life the current setting of the late first century of the Christian Era. The Roman emperors had heightened their focus and enforcement of Emperor worship and obeisance, placing the monotheist Christians in danger, with many losing their lives.

This excellent book outlines the situation as the backdrop to the book of the Revelation. I first read this and marked it up in December 2011, then in a new study of the Revelation noted additional insights and decorated the book even further in October 2017.

Revelation appears to have been written early in the period of such growing pressure and persecution under Emperor Domitian in the early 90s. Legal and archaeological artifacts illustrate starkly the conditions and political realities of Empire in conflict with the Rule of God proclaimed by the followers of Jesus Christ.

Those who would not deny Christ as only lord and savior, the official designations of the Caesar, lost property, prestige and social position or governmental employment, and in some cases their very lives. Kraybill provides helpful insights on the geography and commercial, religious or political significance of each of the 7 cities addressed in the book of the Revelation.

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Reading Progress

October 4, 2017 – Started Reading
October 13, 2017 – Finished Reading
January 1, 2018 – Shelved

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