Course Summary

The Book of Revelation, with concentration on introductory matters and exegesis

Interpreting the Book of Revelation within the context of Scripture and its literary genre.  The course is organized in three units: (1) Interpreting the Apocalypse, (2) Revelation 1-3, and (3) Revelation 4-22. 3 graduate semester credits.


• Identify the audience, intent of writing, nature of the genre, and overall message of the Book of Revelation

• Analyze the historical and present meaning of the letters to the seven churches

• Analyze the meaning of the apocalyptic visions in the body of Revelation.

Credit for the course requires a score of 70% or greater on three examinations, a research paper, and participation in threaded discussion.  Each graded element will count 20% of the course grade.   A sample exam problem is given below.

The specific occasion that called forth the Apocalypse was (A) a disagreement between two women at Corinth, (B) a list of questions presented to John from Ephesus, (C) a man who was attempting to take over the Asian churches, (D) a need to encourage Christians.


The e-book version of the shorter edition is available in the Electronic Collection without cost.  If the student prefers the longer hard copy, the details are listed below.

Beale, G. K. The Book of Revelation. A vol. of the New International Greek Testament Commentary. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2013. ISBN: 978-0802871077