Item description for Social-Science Commentary On Book Of Revelation by Bruce J. Malina & John J. Pilch...
Overview Rather than covering the same ground as other commentaries, the authors address issues of altered states of consciousness, the ancient economy, honor and shame, social deviance, group formation processes, and purity codes. Their use of comparative material from the Old Testament, Pseudepigrapha, and Greco-Roman writings will open a window for the reader on ancient Mediterranean perceptions of activities in the sky in relation to those on earth. This interpretation enriches our reading of the Bible's most provocative book by clarifying how John's astral visions deepened hope in the midst of the early churches' struggles.
Publishers Description A groundbreaking first social-science commentary on this popular book of the Bible.
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Studio: Fortress Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.77" Weight: 1.02 lbs.
Release Date Aug 9, 2002
Publisher Augsburg Fortress Publishers
ISBN 0800632273 ISBN13 9780800632274
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More About Bruce J. Malina & John J. Pilch
Bruce J. Malina is professor of biblical studies at Creighton University. Internationally known for his work in New Testament social science criticism, he is the author of numerous books, including "New Testament World: Insights from Cultural Anthropology" and "Windows on the World of Jesus: Time Travel to Ancient Judea."
Bruce J. Malina currently resides in Omaha, in the state of Nebraska.
Bruce J. Malina has published or released items in the following series...
Matrix: The Bible in Mediterranean Context
Paul's Social Network: Brothers & Sisters in Faith
Reviews - What do customers think about Social-Science Commentary On Book Of Revelation?
Some serious oversights Sep 2, 2007
The book is useful and interesting, but there are some glaring errors that Catholic scholars should note. For example, Malina suggests that the sword issuing from the mouth of the angelic being in book 1 represents a comet. This is downright erroneous. The sword issues from a mouth, that is, it is the double-edged word of God that has a devastating effect on unbelievers. Perhaps the professor should eat some humble pie and go back to Herman Bernard Kramer's Book of Destiny to learn about ancient christian symbolism (its not all derived from eastern cults) and what was really going on in the mediterranean mind of messianic expectations.
Interesting Oct 30, 2001
Malina and Pilch take John of Patmos at his word. They believe that John's vision of the heavens is an astrological vision. According to Malina and Pilch the ancients looked to the cosmos to predict the future and John of Patmos was no exception.
I enjoyed reading the book. The explanations in the commentary are very understandable. The biggest flaw in this book is that there are no notes. There reader is usually left to ponder where the authors came up with their ideas.
Despite not knowing the authors' sources, this was a very enjoyable book to read. It is also one of the few biblical commentaries with extensive illustrations.
If you want to read a very different view of Revelation (not dispensationalist nor historical critical nor even literary critical) this is the book for you. You'll also learn a little about ancient astronomy/astrology along the way.