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

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Basic Books, Mar 30, 2007 - Religion - 240 pages
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The idea of “The Rapture”—the return of Christ to rescue and deliver Christians off the earth—is 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. In The 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 Exposed reclaims Christianity from fundamentalists’ destructive reading of the biblical story and back into God’s beloved community.
 

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An Eye-Opening Read

User Review  - Ruth - Christianbook.com

I'll admit it--I was a Dispensationalist before I read this book, albeit un-researched. I grew up, as did many, believing the message of the Thief in the Night videos and the Left Behind series. But ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Eric - Christianbook.com

This is an outstanding book. Prof. Rossing has done a great service for the Church in simplifying many of the issues that are at stake. She has pinpointed the sources of many of the misinformed ... Read full review

Contents

The Destructive Racket of Rapture
1
The Invention of the Rapture
19
The Rapture Script for the Middle East
47
Prophecy and Apocalypse
81
The Journey Begins
103
Lamb Power
109
Nonviolence
115
Rapture in Reverse
141
The Journey Outward
159
Debunking the Rapture by Verse
173
Reader Discussion Guide
187
Acknowledgments
208
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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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