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 class is an exegetical and interpretative study of the Book of Revelation in English translation. It involves an acquaintance with structure, content, message, context and other interpretive issues of Revelation as well as its meaning for today in discipleship, community and ministry.
- Acquire a generalist understanding of the text
- Learn the first century contexts in which Revelation is read
- Understand critical issues surrounding the Book of Revelation including the genre of apocalypse, authorship, structure, message and eschatological views.
- Analyze and research a text in Revelation and write an academic paper & present the research to the class
- Identify and apply a methodology to the analysis of the text
- Teach a unit on Revelation to the class
- Be an academic and teacher who is transformed by your work with the text of Revelation
- Allow the text to motivate and form righteousness, hope and worship