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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

CONTENT:

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. 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

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.

METHODS:

Lecture

Discussion

Film & Art Analysis

Writing Assignments

Quizzes and Exams

REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS:

Discussion; Term Paper; Homework; Exams

REQUIRED TEXT(S): 

-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