Apocalypse Recalled: The Book of Revelation After Christendom

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Fortress Press - 271 páginas
The Book of Revelation has often been read as a set of endtime scenarios, glorifying a vengeful God and predicting and even fomenting apocalyptic violence. Yet it continues to exert a profound hold on the dreams and visions, fears and nightmares of our contemporary, first-world, secular culture. Harry Maier insists that, however much one is skeptical of its misuse or awed by its influence, Revelation still harbors a powerful and important message for Christians today. His fascinating book, erudite yet also intensely personal, asks us to recall Apocalypse through a careful exegesis of Revelation's deeper literary currents against the backdrop of imperial Rome. He explores the narrrator's literary identity, the plot or journey of the text, its many ocular and aural dimensions, and the ambiguous temporal dimensions of its "past vision of a future time." Revelation, he believes, "offers an inversion of the violent and militaristic ideals of a first-century Roman Empire by offering a highly ironical political parody of imperial politics and insisting the true power belongs to the hero of the Apocalypse, the Slain Lamb." In the end, Apocalypse Recalled seeks to free the imprisoned John of Patmos and employ his massively influential and controversial text to awaken a sleeping, sidelined, and culturally assimilated church to new imperatives of discipleship. Key Features A responsible study that rescues the Book of Revelation from fundamentalist interpretations A call to understand and emulate the early church's relationship to political power A creative hypothesis about the literary character of the book

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Apocalypse Troubles
1
The Open Work
7
Taking It Personally
12
Life amid the Ruins
17
Nietzsches Cows
21
Reading as a Laodicean
30
IJohn
40
From Cell to Clinic
48
Games with Time
123
Making Time
132
A Special Kind of Middle
136
Placing Time
148
Taking Time
156
Remembering Apocalypse
159
The Praise of Folly
164
Ironys Stage
170

Against Interpretation
53
Making It Personal
55
Remembering Apocalypse
61
Seeing Things
64
Gods Spectacle
71
Performing Apocalypse
75
Remembering Apocalypse
87
Hearing Voices
91
Making Noises
108
Remembering Apocalypse
116
Irony Demystifying
178
Parodies in the Contact Zone
182
A Fools Paradise
190
Remembering Apocalypse
198
Abbreviations
208
Notes
210
Index of Names and Subjects
251
Index of Biblical References
262
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Página 2 - Bring me my bow of burning gold ! Bring me my arrows of desire ! Bring me my spear ! O clouds, unfold ! Bring me my chariot of fire ! 16 I will not cease from mental fight, Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand, Till we have built Jerusalem In England's green and pleasant land.
Página 144 - I heard was as the voice of harpers harping with their harps : and they sing as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four living creatures and the elders...
Página 131 - When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne...
Página 75 - In our relation to things, in so far as this relation is constituted by the way of vision, and ordered in the figures of representation, something slips, passes, is transmitted, from stage to stage, and is always to some degree eluded in it — that is what we call the gaze.
Página 152 - Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!
Página 126 - There we shall rest and see, see and love, love and praise. This is what shall be in the end without end. For what other end do we propose to ourselves than to attain to the kingdom of which there is no end?
Página 25 - Disneyland is presented as imaginary in order to make us believe that the rest is real, when in fact all of Los Angeles and the America surrounding it are no longer real, but of the order of the hyperreal and of simulation. It is no longer a question of a false representation of reality (ideology), but of concealing the fact that the real is no longer real, and thus of saving the reality principle.
Página 83 - But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk; and they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.
Página 19 - Satan, the deceiver of the whole world; he was cast down to the earth, and his angels were cast down with him. .And I heard a great voice in heaven, saying, Now is come the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ : for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accuseth them before our God day and night.

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