The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation

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Westview Press, 2004 - Religion - 212 pages
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The idea of "The Rapture" - the return of Christ to snatch born-again Christians off the earth - is an extremely popular interpretation of the Book of Revelation in the Bible and a jumping-off point for the best-selling Left Behind series of books. However, most Christian churches and biblical scholars condemn rapture theology as a distortion of Christian faith with little biblical basis. Yet this interpretation, based on a psychology of fear and destruction, guides the daily acts of thousands if not millions of North Americans and people worldwide.In The Rapture Exposed, professor of theology and ordained minister Barbara Rossing argues that the Left Behind novels' script for the world's future distorts the Bible, is disingenuous, and flat out wrong. There is neither "rapture" of Christians off the earth, nor does Revelation predict a seven-year tribulation culminating in war in Israel and the Middle East. Rather, Rossing argues, Revelation offers a vision of God's healing love for the world - a love that will not be left behind. The Rapture Exposed makes the case for reclaiming Christianity from fundamentalists' destructive reading of the biblical story and back into God's beloved community.

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Review: The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation

User Review  - Lisadunbar22 - Goodreads

I really enjoyed the way Rossing dispels the notion of a Rapture. The Book of Revelation has always been fascinating and the more I learn more intrigued I become. Read full review

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User Review  - Connie Hintz - Goodreads

I found it to be a good corrective to previous understandings which had become more and more troublesome for me. Read full review

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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.

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