Secret Revelation of John

ISBN-10: 0674030559

ISBN-13: 9780674030558

Edition: 2006

Authors: Karen L. King

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Lost in antiquity, rediscovered in 1896, and only recently accessible for study, The Secret Revelation of John offers a firsthand look into the diversity of Christianity before the establishment of canon and creed. Karen L. King offers an illuminating reading of this ancient text--a narrative of the creation of the universe and humanity and a guide to justice and salvation, said to be Christ's revelation to his disciple John. Freeing the Revelation from the category of "Gnosticism" to which such accounts were relegated, King shows how the Biblical text could be read by early Christians in radical and revisionary ways. By placing the Revelation in its social and intellectual milieu, she revises our understanding of early Christianity and, more generally, religious thought in the ancient Mediterranean world. Her work helps the modern reader through many intriguing--but confusing--ideas in the text: for example, that the creator god of Genesis, a self-described jealous and exclusive god, is not the true Deity but a kind of fallen angel; or, in an overt critique of patriarchy unique in ancient literature, the declaration that the subordination of woman to man was an ignorant act in direct violation of the "holy height." In King's analysis, the Revelation becomes not strange but a comprehensible religious vision--and a window on the religious culture of the Roman Empire. A translation of the complete Secret Revelation of John is included.
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Book details

List price: $21.50
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 2/28/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction Translation
The Narrative
The Ideal: the Divine Realm
The Problem: Rupture
The Result: The Situation of Humanity in the World
The Solution: Salvation
Utopian Desire, Social Critique, and Resistance
Strategies of Interpretation
Methods and Strategies
Platonizing Philosophy
Moses
Wisdom Literature
The Gospel of John
Countering Lies and Deception
The History of the Text
Postscript
Bibliography
Index
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