Item description for Unveiling Empire: Reading Revelation Then and Now (Bible & Liberation Series) by Wes Howard-Brook & Anthony Gwyther...
Overview Many people are putt off from reading the book of Revelation because they have been confused by end of the world readings or by the text's mysterious imagery. Unveiling Empire breaks through this impasse by examining the roots and social purposes of apocalyptic literature, and the text's use of traditional imagery, thereby providing tools for understanding Revelation's message for christians today living amidst the power and seductions of empire.
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Studio: Orbis Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.36" Width: 6" Height: 0.78" Weight: 1.06 lbs.
Release Date Dec 3, 2005
Publisher Orbis Books
Series Bible And Liberation
ISBN 1570752877 ISBN13 9781570752872
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More About Wes Howard-Brook & Anthony Gwyther
Wes Howard-Brook teaches at Seattle University. He is the author of several Orbis books, including Unveiling Empire, The Church Before Christianity, Becoming Children of God, and co-editor of The New Testament: Introducing the Way of Discipleship.
Wes Howard-Brook currently resides in Issaquah, in the state of Washington.
Reviews - What do customers think about Unveiling Empire: Reading Revelation Then and Now (Bible & Liberation Series)?
Best social commentary book I've read on revelation Jan 10, 2007
This book does a great job of delving into the text of revelation and trying to understand it through a similar framework of the first readers. The first time I read it, I thought they spent two much time talking in the first chapter about alien encounters and such. Then one of my friends led a bible study on revelation and the first comment was that it was an alien encounter/out of body experience. The authors were thinking ahead. Great book.
Resisting Empire's Embrace Dec 23, 2003
This is a thematic rather than verse-by-verse commentary. An underlying premise is that the churches of Asia Minor who originally received this letter were not under the severe persecution from Rome that has long been assumed. The authors assert that it was in fact a time of peace and affluence, and the churches in Asia Minor were succumbing to assimilation. The parallels with churches in the West are therefore more exact and evocative than previous interpreters have understood. The authors are not shy about drawing out the similarities between Babylon (as depicted in Revelation) and contemporary global capitalism (the incarnation of Babylon that surrounds us today). Drawing inspiration from Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker movement, as well as the interpretive and prophetic work of Daniel Berrigan and William Stringfellow, this is a provocative reading of a consistently neuralgic but unavoidable part of the canon. The political implications are drawn out in a final chapter dialogue between the authors.
Don't Get Left Behind Jul 29, 2002
Howard-Brook and Gwyther unpack what Revelation really means. Studying the book in its original context - remember, Revelation was written for the first century, not for us! - the authors still connect the concerns of John of Patmos' day to our own. They see Revelation's message of faithful resistance to the surrounding patriotic culture and how John warned the early Christians to resist it and preach the good news instead. And they uncover what the "beast" really is in modern society. A thoughtful and passionate understanding of this fantastic book's true message to both its time and our own.
Solid liberation theology Nov 13, 2000
Wes Howard-Brook and Anthony Gwyther have written an excellent commentary on Revelation. Like most mainstream scholars they believe that John of Patmos was writing about the Roman empire of his day. What I found especially unique about this book, was its very fascinating account of the imperial court and imperial worship. The authors make a very good case that Revelation's message to its Asian Minor audience was not to compromise with the deadly - both to soul and body - Roman imperial culture.
Furthermore, the authors also discuss applications of Revelation to current social justice issues. I really learned a lot form this book. I also used Unveiling Empire to teach an adult education class at my church. The class seemed fairly well received, and part of the reason was due to this book.
Endpiece for Christians Sep 1, 2000
Every truly great read has an exciting ending. The last chapter is where it all comes together.
Yet most who daily read the most popular book in the world, have never comprehended the last chapter, the Book of Revelation.
"Becoming Empire" identifies hundreds of 'hyper-links' in the text of Revelation to the preceding books of holy scriptures. The veil lifts, and the reader begins to see and hear not fictions of starwars, but God moving through history and pointing to the here and now.
Today is the battle, and God's children are in the front lines. The whole Bible, understood, is their map to victory.