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Overview The author, a professor of theology and ordained minister, argues that Revelation does not predict a seven-year tribulation, nor a rapture of Christians. Rather, it offers a vision of God's healing love for the world.
Publishers Description The idea of "The Rapture"--the return of Christ to rescue and deliver Christians off the earth--is an extremely popular interpretation of the Bible's Book of Revelation and a jumping-off point for the best-selling "Left Behind" series of books. This interpretation, based on a psychology of fear and destruction, guides the daily acts of thousands if not millions of people worldwide. In "The Rapture Exposed," Barbara Rossing argues that this script for the world's future is nothing more than a disingenuous distortion of the Bible. The truth, Rossing argues, is that Revelation offers a vision of God's healing love for the world. "The Rapture Exposed" reclaims Christianity from fundamentalists' destructive reading of the biblical story and back into God's beloved community.
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Barbara R. Rossing teaches New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. She holds a doctorate from Harvard University Divinity School and a Masters of Divinity degree from Yale University Divinity School. An ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, she lives in Chicago.
Barbara R. Rossing currently resides in Chicago, in the state of Illinois.
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Sane and sensitive Jun 13, 2008
Dr. Rossing's book is concise and insightful. She uncovers the roots of what is basically a modern aberration instead of being a Bible-based phenomenon. I especially like the fact that she doesn't become so coldly objective that she would sound like a skeptic. The devoted Bible reader will find comfort in her words and the neophyte will find her approach warm and inviting. I like the fact that it is not a heavy tome. I enthusiastically endorse this book.
A Hoax on Christians May 19, 2008
This book is written from the point of view of a compassionate, loving - and formally trained by the way - Christian voice and in the way that Christ would have wanted it written in my view. It is also a point by point clear and accurate refutation of the entire dispensationalist movement. It reminds us that the dispensationalist movement did not even exist for almost the entire first 2,000 years of Christianity and has always been promulgated by what are essentially side show barkers for their own fame and fortune. Hagee, Robertson, Van Impe, LeHaye are the best current examples. I keep expecting them to tell me next to come on inside and see the 3 headed lady.
Clearly armageddon, the rapture and the entire dispensationalist movement are all hokum. That system is simply not in the Bible. Its elaborate rationale is nothing more than a set of disjointed and unrelated Bible quotes taken out of context and forced together in order to fit a preconceived and clearly false theory. The only thing that gets 'left behind' in their convoluted reasoning is the Bible itself.
By following this artificial contrivance to its conclusion, we are involving ourselves in foreign policy decisions that are murderous, un-Christian and un-Biblical.
The Real Jesus Faith Apr 19, 2008
On the basis of excellent New Testament scholarship and with a passion for the Way, the Truth, and the Life that is Jesus, Barbara Rossing exposes the perverse heresy of "rapture theology" and particularly the marketing racket that is the "Left Behind" series of books. Written in a style that is accessible to most all readers, Dr. Rossing helps open the reader's eyes to see the vision of the peace-loving, peace-making Lamb that reigns and the reader's ears to hear the song of the faithful witnesses (martyrs) who follow in the world-transforming Way of the Lamb.
The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation Apr 7, 2008
It is refreshing to read material on the Book of Revelation that is set in its basic context of the New Testament Church in the days of the Roman Empire. This book is inspired by integrity and sound acadamic scholarship. It is easy to read for people in all walks of life. I enthusiastically commend this book to you
A very intriguing, thought-provoking analysis of Revelation Feb 5, 2008
I was raised on dispensationalist theology, basically the "Left Behind" script that Revelation revealed what would happen in the final days of life on Earth. It's a theology I've questioned for most of the past 20 years, but I didn't know of any reasoned arguments against it.
Barbara Rossing's book makes a convincing case for rejecting the "Left Behind" theology, and for that it should be commended. She explains the history behind St. John's writing, the historical times in which St. John lived that went into the imagery and stories told in Revelation, and alternate interpretations of the information contained in Revelation. She often quotes Tim LaHaye and Hal Lindsey, often with information I recall reading for myself, and she analyzes the events contained in the "Left Behind" books, a series I actually haven't read. Her knowledge of the opposing viewpoint to her own is clear, and she refutes the claims at each point.
Unfortunately, Rossing is also writing to a very fearful audience, one that was raised believing they would be "left behind" when Jesus returns. Because of that, much of her book also contains messages of encouragement to just hang in there because dispensationalist theology is "wrong." While the rest of her book might prove that to be true, the emotional arguments did not sway me at all, especially since she started the book with these reassurances. If I had been fully convinced of "Left Behind" theology when I started reading this book, I never would have finished it, concluding that she didn't like the message because it didn't "feel good" to her. As a seeker, however, who was looking for an alternate interpretation, I stuck with her, and she finally got around to proving her points.
And that's probably one of the weakest points of the book. If you're looking for an alternate interpretation of Revelation, one that does not involve Russia being the bad guy one day and Iraq the next day, then this is a good book for you. However, if you're fully convinced that Revelation is a puzzle of future events that must be put together piece by piece to decipher God's will for the future, then this book will never convince you of anything, especially beginning with the emotional arguments like it does.
Pick up this book of you're looking for alternatives to the "Left Behind" theology. It will definitely give you something to consider, and it may even convince you as it did me.