Review Roundup: ‘Revelations,’ by Elaine Pagels

Review Roundup: ‘Revelations,’ by Elaine Pagels


The New York Times lauds Elaine Pagels’ “Revelations” for its “dense layers of scholarship and meaning,” noting her “calm, sane, supple voice.” Reading Acts calls it “worth reading,” while the Seattle Times spotlights Pagel’s ability to blend “scholarly depth and an uncluttered writing style” with her “respect and sensitivity for matters of faith.” QG’s Book Reviews asserts that, “Pagels has a gift for making these arcane and obscure writings understandable to the interested reader and deftly brings excerpts from several of them into her text.”

“Over the past three decades, perhaps no one has done more to teach interested people” about early Christianity, raves the Washington Post. “This work is sure to get you thinking,” HunterPartyof4 assures readers. The New Yorker likens Revelations to a book that “did poorly in previews, and was buried by the Apostolic suits until one key exec favored its release — it has always been a pop hit,” and drives home that “Pagels then shows that Revelation . . . is actually a coded account of events that were happening at the time John was writing. It’s essentially a political cartoon,” writes reviewer Adam Gopnik.

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