Canon Fodder

Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation
Elaine Pagels
Viking, $27.95, 256 pp.

Politics is always the operative word in Elaine Pagels’s fascinating excursions into early Christianity. In Pagels’s view, ancient religious texts—regardless of what they may say they are about—are actually staking out positions in a battle for domination. Her familiar script for such political maneuvering stars heroes and villains respectively practicing the politics of inclusion (universality) and exclusion (particularity). The villains are the bishops who...

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About the Author

Luke Timothy Johnson, a frequent contributor, is the R.W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University. Two of his most recent books are Among the Gentiles: Greco-Roman Religion and Christianity (Yale) and Prophetic Jesus, Prophetic Church (Eerdmans).