The Book of Revelation has perplexed and fascinated readers for centuries. In particular, its final two chapters—which contain the only extended description of heaven in the canon—beg for close examination and careful consideration. In this essay collection, six scholars theologically examine Revelation 21–22. With approaches ranging from textual criticism to intertextual readings to conceptual analysis, they shed new light on a most enigmatic text.
Apocalypse: Reading Revelation 21–22 is available here.
Maxwell Institute digital pass subscribers can access the full book online, free of charge, here.
“The Book of Revelation is a rich text, both in its beauty and message, as well as its strangeness and opacity. Readers of this volume will find themselves richly rewarded, sitting around the table, as it were, with six engaging and impassioned thinkers who (with the blended care of scholarship, thought, and discipleship) uncover possibilities of interpretation, connection, and insight. Reading the final two chapters of Revelation along with them will increase your capacity to understand and experience the meanings and symbols of these chapters.”
—Keith Lane, Brigham Young University–Hawaii
About the Editor
Julie M. Smith graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in English and from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, with an MA in biblical studies. She is on the executive board of the Mormon Theology Seminar and the steering committee for the BYU New Testament Commentary, for which she is writing a commentary on the Gospel of Mark. She is the author of Search, Ponder, and Pray: A Guide to the Gospels. Julie is married to Derrick Smith; they live near Austin, Texas, where she homeschools their three children. She also blogs for Times & Seasons, where she is the book review editor.