The Book of Revelation, with concentration on introductory matters and exegesis
The student shall be able to apply the content of Revelation to personal and church situations where there is a need to strengthen faith. 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.
• Recognize those ideas that determine the interpretation of The Apocalypse.
• 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.
• Develop an interpretation of The Apocalypse that is applicable for contemporary society.
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.
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