How on earth did the Book of Revelation got into the New Testament? It's a dreadful accretion of apocalyptic writing entirely at odds with Jesus's words in the gospel, pounced on over the centuries by end of the world doomsters. in this startling and timely book, Pagels returns the Book of Revelation to It's historical origin, written as It's author John of Patmos took aim at the Roman Empire after what is now known as "the Jewish War" in 66 CE. in a time of surging global religious violence, "Revelations" explores how often those in power throughout history have sought to force "God's enemies" to submit or be killed. it is sure to appeal to Pagels's committed readers.