Over the centuries since it was written the Book of Revelation has suffered much at the hands of many experts. And yet the work remains an enigma to most modern readers, usually marginalised in our discussion of theology, the Gospel, or of what it means to be a follower of Jesus. This course reclaims the powerful message of the Book of Revelation for today. Special attention will be paid to Revelation as a work of early Christian literature deeply influenced by the prophetic witness of the Old Testament, by events and attitudes of the first century world, and by the early Christians’ experience of Jesus himself. Students who take the course will be introduced to the insights offered by current scholarly engagement with the Apocalypse, and will be given the opportunity to reflect together on the enduring significance of this book for society today.
This course is available onsite and online. Students must register for the online section to gain Zoom access to the course.
Course lectures will be recorded, and students may be captured in course recordings. Access to lecture recordings is normally only given to online students who cannot reasonably be expected to attend the course live due to time zone differences. These students should contact the course instructor for permission to access recordings.