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Þ As the yearrapidly approaches, many claim we are living in the end times Are we Is our world coming to an end as described in the Book of Revelations No , says author Tim Callahan, in BIBLE PROPHECY, as he subjects the prophecies of the Bible to rigorous questions Touch Not the Cat many claim we are living in the end times Are we Is our world coming to an end as described in the Book of Revelations No The Charmer’s Box says author Tim Callahan The Charmer’s Box: Poetry in BIBLE PROPHECY Red Roots (Vampire Empire, as he subjects the prophecies of the Bible to rigorous questions This book presents an overview of numerous prophecies and apocalyptic literature from the Old Testament and the book of Revelation, asking the question of whether they represent legitimate predictions of future events, or whether they were self fulfilled, written after the fact, educated guesses, or have other, non mystical explanations It was written in the 90s, in response to a number of end times books by Hal Lindsey and others, and as such, it references works I haven t read I m familiar This book presents an overview of numerous prophecies and apocalyptic literature from the Old Testament and the book of Revelation, asking the question of whether they represent legitimate predictions of future events, or whether they were self fulfilled, written after the fact, educated guesses, or have other, non mystical explanations It was written in the 90s, in response to a number of end times books by Hal Lindsey and others, and as such, it references works I haven t read I m familiar with Lindsey s The Late, Great Planet Earth, and a later work of his, but otherwise haven t continued to follow end time literature since high school and early college, when, I admit, some of it scared the hell out of me Callahan makes a pretty convincing case that prophecies by Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Elijah, among others, as well as apocalyptic literature such as the book of Daniel and the Revelation of John weretied into their times than focused on future events He points out that the works were written for specific audiences, who were experiencing first hand much of the persecution described in the works, such as Jerusalem under the Seleucids, using coded language to avoid backlash by those in authority, much in the way modern science fiction comments on our times One of his contentions is that prophecies of futuristic redemption thousands of years after the fact would have been of little comfort to people who believed they were facing the imminent destruction of their culture and way of life No imagined Antichrist could have been as brutal or ruthless as the very real Nero in Rome, or Antiochus IV Epiphanes of the Seleucid empire, who actually looted the Temple and demanded that all subjects worship him as god incarnate While the justification for the work may be dated, end times prophecy never really goes out of style, it just finds new candidates for the Antichrist, so its a handy reference for anyone worried the Rapture might be right around the corner It places each work within its proper historical context, and points out why schools in America should focuson world history something many Americans, including me, are lacking in An overall interesting read, which, while referencing works I don t recognize, still provided enough background and supporting material to hold my interest I recommend it to anyone wanting to knowabout the topic Anyone like me who grew up in the christian version of American culture or any culture for that matter has heard copious claims about the veracity of the bible and bible prophecy Every incarnation of christianity has its own take on how much of the bible is true Callahan deftly takes on those fundamentalists who state adamantly that every word sprang from the lips of god himself and quite convincingly argues otherwise Using a close examination of the bible text compared with the claims o Anyone like me who grew up in the christian version of American culture or any culture for that matter has heard copious claims about the veracity of the bible and bible prophecy Every incarnation of christianity has its own take on how much of the bible is true Callahan deftly takes on those fundamentalists who state adamantly that every word sprang from the lips of god himself and quite convincingly argues otherwise Using a close examination of the bible text compared with the claims of fundamentalists, Callahan argues that very little of bible prophecy can be shown to have been fulfilled and that little of it has relevance beyond the eras in which they were first recorded Moreover, he argues that the bible is a purely historic text, written by people for and from that time with noor less relevance to today than any other ancient text It is a position that no fundamentalist and few moderate christians are willing to acknowledge or accept Having personally run that gauntlet and come out the far side this book is a refreshing and even liberating thesis on how easy it is for the cleverest among us to believe things that have little actual evidence to support them Anyone who had never questioned the claims of the bible as a true text should read this book Callahan makes some socially and academically important points that are unfortunately hidden within a jumble of poor writing, organization, and editing I m very interested in this subject matter and this book could still hardly hold my attention.