Preaching Revelation Using Greek
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.
This course is an exegetical and interpretative study designed for preaching Revelation using Greek. It will give you tools for the analysis of the Greek, understanding a passage in context, and following the flow of thought to prepare an exegetical paper that is foundational for a sermon that is based on the text. The course is also particularly interested in skills that teach the application of the text—particularly exciting in Revelation!
- 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.
- The student will know the characteristic vocabulary of Hebrews, basic Greek grammar that will aid in preaching, exegetical skills for preaching and how to access resources for the use of Greek in ministry.
- 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
- The student will develop skills in translating and reading Greek for preaching.
- The student will apply insights from Greek to exegesis.
- The student will learn to move from exegesis to the composition of a sermon