Yesterday, Elaine Pagels was on NPR’s Fresh Air discussing her new book on Revelation.
The interview was interesting on a number of levels. She discussed the place that the book of Revelation has had in the history of interpretation, and how it was likely intended to be read in its first-century context.
Pagels located John’s Christianity as a Jewish branch that had not experienced disruption with its Jewish roots. I found this perspective to be quite different from what others have intimated about the Apocalypse.
At any rate, the interview is worth listening to, if nothing else to find out once and for all what 666 means.
The book is called Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, & Politics in the Book of Revelation.