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Reading Revelation Responsibly: Uncivil Worship and Witness

, 2011
ISBN: 9781606085608


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Reading Revelation Responsibly is for those who are confused by, afraid of, and/or preoccupied with the book of Revelation. In rescuing the Apocalypse from those who either completely misinterpret it or completely ignore it, Michael J. Gorman has given us both a guide to reading Revelation and a theological engagement with the text itself. He takes interpreting the book as a serious and sacred responsibility, believing how one reads, teaches, and preaches Revelation can have a powerful impact on one’s own well-being.

Gorman pays careful attention to the book’s historical and literary contexts, its connections to the rest of Scripture, its relationship to Christian doctrine and practice, and its potential to help or harm people in their life of faith. Rather than a script for the end times, Gorman demonstrates how Revelation is a script for Christian worship, witness, and mission that runs counter to culturally-embedded civil religion.

For more by Michael J. Gorman, see Select Works of Michael J. Gorman (2 vols.).

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  • Provides a balanced reading of Revelation that is neither obsessive nor indifferent
  • Careful assessment of historical and literary contexts of Revelation
  • Contends that Revelation is not a script for the end times
With an exceptional blend of scholarly insight and confessional grounding, this book restores Revelation to relevance for the mission of the church.

—J. Nelson Kraybill, author, Apocalypse and Allegiance: Worship, Politics, and Devotion in the Book of Revelation

Sometimes I think there are only two kinds of Christians in America: those who’ve never read Revelation and those who read almost nothing else. This book can help either kind.

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, author, The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture

  • Title: Reading Revelation Responsibly: Uncivil Worship and Witness: Following the Lamb into the New Creation
  • Author: Michael J. Gorman
  • Publisher: Cascade
  • Print Publication Date: 2011
  • Logos Release Date: 2016
  • Pages: 230
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. N.T. Revelation › Criticism, interpretation, etc
  • ISBN: 9781606085608
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-02-12T05:21:54Z

In the Logos edition, this digital volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Citations link directly to English translations and original-language texts, and important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, commentaries, and theology texts. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Michael J. Gorman holds the Raymond E. Brown Chair in Biblical Studies and Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore, Maryland. A highly regarded New Testament scholar, he has also written Reading Revelation Responsibly: Uncivil Worship and Witness and Elements of Biblical Exegesis: A Basic Guide for Students and Ministers.


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