"Awake!" (ISSN|0005-237X) is a magazine published by Jehovah's Witnesses, considered to be a companion magazine of "The Watchtower".

The magazine's predecessor, first published in 1919 by the International Bible Students Association (an earlier name of Jehovah's Witnesses), was entitled "The Golden Age". From 1937 it was called "Consolation". In some countries it was also known as "New World", for a while. In 1946 the magazine was released with the present name, "Awake!". Fact|date=August 2008


Articles relating to medical conditions featured in "Awake!" include dementia, ["Awake!", September 22 1998] transient cerebral ischemia, ["Awake!", February 8 1998] infectious diseases, ["Awake!", July 22 1999] bipolar disorder, ["Awake!", September 8 2001] and postpartum depression ["Awake!", March 8 2003] to cite just a few examples.


Until December 2005 "Awake!" was published semi-monthly. Since January 2006 "Awake!" has been published monthly. The magazine has 32 pages and is printed in full color. As of 2008, it is available in 81 different languages [ [ Aktuelle Themen - Jehovas Zeugen: Offizielle Website der Wachtturm-Gesellschaft ] ] , with a total worldwide circulation of 35,754,000. It is considered to be the second most widely distributed magazine in the world (after "The Watchtower").Fact|date=February 2008 It is available, in selected languages, in audio cassette and compact disc (audio and MP3) formats.

In the past, "Awake!" and its companion "The Watchtower" were sold for a small charge, varying over time and from country to country. Fact|date=August 2008 However, on January 17 1990, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that sales of religious literature were subject to taxation, which would have required the Watchtower Society to pay tax on the price of the magazines. The Watchtower Society filed an amicus curiae ("friend of the court") brief arguing that the sale of religious literature should be exempt from taxation. [ [ Jehovah's Witnesses and Jimmy Swaggart] ]

From March 1 1990, the journals were made available at no cost, on a freewill donation basis in the United States, with the stated purpose of simplifying their Bible educational work and distinguishing themselves from those who commercialize religion. Fact|date=August 2008 The article "Use Our Literature Wisely" which appeared in the May 1990 "Our Kingdom Ministry" stated, that "there are growing pressures against all religious elements" and it went on to say that their main concern was to move ahead in the worldwide Kingdom preaching work, "without hindrance."

The sale of the literature in other countries was gradually eliminated; since early 2000 "Awake!" has been distributed free of charge worldwide, its printing being funded by voluntary donations from Jehovah's Witnesses and members of the public. Fact|date=August 2008

Doctrinal notes

The purpose of the magazine has changed over time. In 1982 the aim of the magazine was listed as "this magazine builds confidence in the Creator's promise of a peaceful and secure new order "before the generation that saw 1914 passes away". [Awake! 8th January 1982, Page 2] When their belief regarding the "generation" of 1914 was changed to a less literal sense, the aim of the magazine changed to "this magazine builds confidence in the Creator’s promise of a peaceful and secure new world "that is about to replace the present wicked, lawless system of things" [Awake! 8th November 1982, Page 2]


External links

* [ Official MP3 and AAC audio recordings of "Awake!" and "Watchtower" for downloads and listening]
* [ Current "Awake!" and "The Watchtower" topics]
* [ Archive of "Awake!" articles]
*Online PDFs of "The Golden Age" for: [ 1919] [ 1920] [ 1921] [ 1922] [ 1923] [ 1924]
* [ Archive of "Golden Age" magazines] [ Archive of "Consolation" magazines] (unofficial website)

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”