Elaine Pagels Examines the Book of Revelation

Professor Elaine Pagels, of Princeton University, presented various lectures on Revelation to coincide with publication of her book Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation (2013).

Pagels’ lecture at the Walter H. Capps Centre for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life can be found halfway down the page.


Elaine Pagels examines the Book of Revelation and asks questions about its origin and importance. Who wrote the Book of Revelation, when, and why? What other “books of revelation”–Jewish and Christian–were written at the time but left out of the Bible? What accounts for the enduring appeal of this book during the past 2000 years, and even today?

The following is an audio of a radio interview with Pagels on Revelations:

Pagels also delivers the Vanderbilt Divinity School Cole Lecture, “Art, Music and Politics in the Book of Revelation”: