RST-309-20, Revelation & Apocalyptic Imag (SP14)
INSTRUCTOR: Henrietta Wiley
SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: T2/ Tuesday/6:00-8:45 PM, 03/25/2014-05/06/2014
In this course we will examine the book of the Revelation of John in depth both in its historical context and its interpretive history. In particular we will explore the apocalyptic worldview of early Christians and Jews, and the historical development of this worldview in Christian interpretation of the Bible, especially the Revelation of John.
1. To develop a more nuanced understanding of Christian Apocalypticism and its roots in early Judaism.
2. To competently and critically interpret the book of Revelation.
3. To examine the history of the interpretation of Revelation, especially in art.
Film & Art Analysis
Quizzes and Exams
REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS:
Discussion; Term Paper; Homework; Exams
-Harper Collins Study Bible, Revised and Updated edition (2006). ISBN: 0060786841
-Koester, Craig R. Revelation and the End of All Things. Eerdmans, 2001.ISBN: 0802846602
ASSIGNMENT TO BE DONE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:
I. Read Harper Collins Study Bible, pp. xiii–xliii
Consider and make notes on the following questions.
1. What makes someone’s approach to reading the Bible “canonical”? What makes someone’s approach to reading the Bible “critical”?
2. Do you think it is possible to reconcile these different approaches? Can they assist each other in any way?
II. Read Koester, Chapters 1 & 2, and poke around his web site: http://www.luthersem.edu/ckoester/revelation/main.htm