Feb 28, 2013
Jessica Tinklenberg deVega, assistant professor of religious studies at Morningside College, authored the book “Guesses, Goofs & Prophetic Failures” that recently was published by Thomas Nelson Inc.
The book examines what the Bible says about prophecy, and people predicting an end of the world that didn’t come to pass. It aims to help readers better understand where the idea of "the end of the world" comes from in Jewish and Christian traditions.
“I was asked to write it after Harold Camping's two failed predictions in 2011, and in preparation for the excitement and anxiety over the Maya 2012 event,” Tinklenberg deVega says. “Looking through Jewish and Christian history, we found that other such predictions and disappointments had occurred through time. We hoped that writing this book would help people understand that the apocalyptic tradition in the Bible is not intended to be literal predictions of the end of the world, but is instead imaginative stories told to give hope to people in the midst of oppression.”
Tinklenberg deVega joined the Morningside faculty in 2007 as an assistant professor of religious studies. She received the Sharon Walker Faculty Excellence Award from the college in 2009 and again in 2012. She has a doctorate in religions of Western antiquity from Florida State University in Tallahassee.
“Guesses, Goofs & Prophetic Failures” may be purchased online through Amazon or Barnes and Noble. This is Tinklenberg deVega’s second book to be published in two years. Her previous book may also be purchased online. That book, which she coauthored, is called “All You Wanted to Know, But Didn’t Think You Could Ask: Religions, Cults, and Popular Beliefs.”