9780813343143

The Rapture Exposed

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  • ISBN13:

    9780813343143

  • ISBN10:

    0813343143

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-07-05
  • Publisher: Basic Books

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Summary

The idea of "The Rapture"the return of Christ to rescue and deliver Christians off the earthis 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. InThe 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 Exposedreclaims Christianity from fundamentalists' destructive reading of the biblical story and back into God's beloved community.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition vii
Preface to the Hardcover Edition xv
1 The Destructive Racket of Rapture
1(18)
2 The Invention of the Rapture
19(28)
3 The Rapture Script for the Middle East
47(34)
4 Prophecy and Apocalypse
81(22)
5 The Journey Begins
103(6)
Rome's Worship of Victory
6 Lamb Power
109(6)
7 Nonviolence
115(8)
Conquering in Revelation
8 The Exodus Story in Revelation
123(12)
9 Hijacking the Lamb
135(6)
Addiction to Wrath and War
10 Rapture in Reverse 141(18)
God's Vision for Renewing the World
11 The Journey Outward 159(14)
Homecoming to the World
Epilogue: Debunking the Rapture by Verse 173(14)
Reader Discussion Guide 187(10)
Notes 197(11)
Acknowledgments 208(3)
Index 211

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