Revelation can offer the DPT student a biblical basis for contemporary practices in ways that may be suprising and unexpected. 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.
- Grasp the message and structure of Revelation as a whole and discern its relationship to the individual, the church, society and global contexts.
- Apply exegetical principles that bring the diverse horizons together of the Old Testament contexts, the New Testament contexts and our contemporary contexts.
- Practice serving as a resource for the church as others as you share your expertise, sources and research with the class
- Through reading, research and writing, engage in practice-led research on the Book of Revelation that addresses your research question, and informs your practice of ministry
- Be interpreted as an individual by the Book of Revelation in order to deepen your integration who you are and where you are with your practice and your research
- Allow the text to motivate, form and transform righteousness, hope and worship