Elaine Pagels is the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University and the author of Reading Judas, The Gnostic Gospels-winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award- and the New York Times bestseller Beyond Belief. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
"Revelations is a slim book that packs in dense layers of
scholarship and meaning . . . One of [Elaine Pagels's] great gifts
is much in abundance: her ability to ask, and answer, the plainest
questions about her material without speaking down to her audience
. . . She must be a fiendishly good lecturer."
-- The New York Times
"One of the significant benefits of Pagels's book is its
demonstration of the unpredictability of apocalyptic politics . . .
The meaning of the Apocalypse is ever malleable and ready to hand
for whatever crisis one confronts. That is one lesson of Pagels's
book. Another is that we all should be vigilant to keep some of us
from using the vision for violence against others."
-- The New York Times Book Review (Editors' Choice) "Pagels is an absorbing, intelligent, and eye-opening companion. Calming and broad-minded here, as in her earlier works, she applies a sympathetic and humane eye to texts that are neither subtle nor sympathetically humane but lit instead by fury." -- Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker "Any book in the Bible that can be cited simultaneously by deeply conservative end-of-times Christians who see the Apocalypse around the corner and by Marxist-friendly Christians looking forward to justice at the End of History must have a compelling back story. That back story is told well and concisely by Elaine Pagels in her new book, Revelations." -- The Boston Globe