Demystifying the Book of Revelation, DVD
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What does the Book of Revelation mean? Does it have a message for today? Father Bill Burton is an expert at explaining parts of the Bible that baffle us. In this case, he also busts myths that have been perpetuated for centuries.

In order to see clearly what the book of Revelation has to say for our times, watch this 6-segment video series as Fr. Bill explains:

  • The Genre of Apocalyptic Literature and How to "Read" It
  • Jewish Sources, Like the Book of Daniel, that Inspired Revelation’s Author
  • The Basics: Who wrote Revelation? When? What does the book say?
  • What Makes this Book So Attractive to So Many?
  • The Erroneous "Rapturist" Interpretation
  • A Better Understanding

Difficulties of understanding aside, Fr. Bill explains that the message of the book of Revelation, while confusing to us, was clear to early Christians: Rome is evil, Christians should withdraw from Roman society, and they should do so knowing that it will cost them dearly. Christian non-involvement and passive resistance will ultimately result in victory, but such a victory, like Christ’s, may include suffering persecution and death.

Careful study of Revelation can reclaim it within traditional scriptural interpretation and renew its ancient power to transform and challenge our contemporary Christian life. Includes discussion guide. Approx. 2 hours, 29 minutes.

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Format: DVD
Vendor: Paraclete Press
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 7.50 X 5.25 X 0.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1612616356
ISBN-13: 9781612616353

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Publisher's Description

Does The Book of Revelation have a message for today? Fr. Bill debunks popular myths and explains this book's power to transform and challenge our contempory christian life.

Author Bio

Fr. Bill Burton earned his doctorate from the Pontifical Gregorian University and his SSL from the Pontifical Institute in Rome. In addition he has a MEd in Higher Education Administration from Loyola Univerisity, Chicago. He has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in Catholic Biblical Studies at universtites for twenty years. He currently teaches at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Florida. He has published many articles in The Bible Today and each year he guides groups of pilgrims on Bilibcal Study Pilgrimages to the Holy Land.

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The Book of Revelation has given rise to various discordant views of the end times. Franciscan Father William Burton, a biblical scholar, offers a detailed but very accessible explanation of the book, placing it in the context of apocalyptic literature, specifically the Book of Daniel, and showing that apocalyptic literature is directed at the society of the time of writing, not at some future audience. Burton (St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary) then moves on to a consideration of the Book of Revelation itself. The talking-head style is relieved by the insertion of appropriate illustrations and germane texts. Finally, Burton considers modern rapture literature, focusing on Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins’s "Left Behind" series, arguing that the authors misinterpret the text and actually offer what he sees as a dangerous interpretation, for example, in terms of the role of the nation of Israel as it relates to the end times. VERDICT A scholarly yet reachable introduction to an often misunderstood text that will appeal to all who desire a critical examination of this most perplexing of biblical books.—Augustine J. Curley, Newark Abbey, NJ, Library Journal

In "Demystifying the Book of Revelation," Fr. William Burton, OFM, accomplishes a difficult task: unpacking the complex symbolism of apocalyptic literature – and the Book of Revelation in particular – in a manner consistent with Catholic tradition while combating distorted interpretations that have come to dominate modern Christianity in recent decades.
Through six video segments Fr. Burton carefully lays out the historical and literary background of the Book of Revelation. Significant time is spent discussing the genre of apocalyptic literature in Jewish tradition and making connections between the symbols employed by John of Patmos and the situation of the early Church under Roman rule.
Fr. Burton also spends an entire segment debunking the popular "rapture" theory popularized by fundamentalist Christians and the Left Behind series.
The lecture by Fr. Burton is punctuated with artwork and video illustrations which, while not rising to the quality of other Catholic video series on the market, nevertheless serve the purpose of the material.
The DVD comes packaged with a short discussion guide containing questions for small groups, making the videos easy to use in a parish formation or educational setting.
Recommended for all libraries. —Jonathan F. Sullivan

   In Demystifying the Book of Revelation, William Burton, OFM, accomplishes a difficult task: unpacking the complex symbolism of apocalyptic literature—and the Book of Revelation in particular—in a manner consistent with Catholic tradition while combatting distorted interpretations that have come to dominate modern Christianity in recent decades.
   Burton carefully lays out the historical and literary background of the Book of Revelation through six video segments. Significant time is spent discussing the genre of apocalyptic literature in Jewish tradition and making connections between the symbols employed by John of Patmos and the situation of the early Church under Roman rule.
   Burton also spends an entire segment debunking the popular "rapture" theory popularized by fundamentalist Christians and the Left Behind series.
   The lecture by Burton is punctuated with artwork and video illustrations which, while not rising to the quality of other Catholic video series on the market, nevertheless serves the purpose of the material.
   The DVD comes packaged with a short discussion guide containing questions for small groups, making the videos easy to use in a parish formation or educational setting. Recommended for all libraries. —Jonathan F. Sullivan, Catholic Library World

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