The Book of Revelation

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Revelation is considered to be one of the most difficult and controversial books in the Bible. The sometime bizarre and often repetitive imagery and narrative has generated a wide variety of interpretations of the various characters and events. The interpretations have sometimes had a dramatic impact on the Christian community, though the outcome has not necessarily been godliness. This course particularly focuses on the overall impact and message of Revelation within its socio-historical and apocalyptic context, with responsible and effective contextualization in the 21st century. We will discover a book that leads us into a direct encounter with God and which transforms our lives in the present.


  • Grasp the message and structure of Revelation as a whole and in terms of its component parts
  • Understand Revelation in its social, historical, literary and religious Jewish Hellenistic context
  • Become familiar with critical views concerning introductory questions (i.e. authorship, date, settings, etc.) and identify the features in the text that illuminate the option


  • Appreciate the distinctive theology and goal(s) of the author
  • Allow the text to motivate, form and transform righteousness, hope and worship


  • Highlight the message and themes, exegete significant passages, and understand the major issues in the text and its interpretive problems 
  • Apply the text to discipleship, community and ministry formation and consider strategies for its re-presentation in contemporary contexts