Reading Revelation 21–22

July | 2016


"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


"After reading the collection, I felt less like I had read a series of short essays, and more like I had just listened to a conversation. A nice sense of back and forth, with many of the essays referencing the other essays (a clear sign these essays were composed at a seminar, of course) in ways that are charitable and reinforcing (even when disagreeing)...Overall, it strikes a nice balance between academic rigor and general accessibility. Overall, I give this book a solid recommendation."

—Ivan Wolfe, Millennial Star blog, September 23, 2016

"Practically any Latter-day Saint attempting to divine the deeper meaning of the Book of Revelation would benefit from perusing this text, especially Sunday School teachers and Seminary instructors who are struggling to relate the highly colorful imagery of Revelation to real life. It turns our focus away from the vivid and sometimes disturbing imagery of death and chaos in the last days and allows the reader to instead focus on the frankly glorious message of hope and salvation present in the text."

—Greg Seppi, Association for Mormon Letters, September 23, 2016

Publication Information

Publication Date: 2016

ISBN 13: 978-0-8425-2877-1

Size: 8.9 x 6.1

Binding: Paperback, ePub, HTML

Price: $15.95

Series: Proceedings of the Mormon Theology Seminar

Imprint: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

Julie M. Smith

Julie M. Smith is the editor of Apocalypse: Reading Revelation 21–22. She 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.

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