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Spring 2013/Phoenix




DESCRIPTION: This course introduces the Book of Revelation; its literary, rhetorical, and social characteristics; and modern interpretations in order to equip students to interpret, preach, and teach.

SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: The Book of Revelation continues to play a pivotal role in the worship, theology, and controversies of the church. Because of its vivid, evocative, and figurative language, Revelation has strengthened faith, inspired song, gripped imaginations, and been used for a variety of purposes throughout history. This course equips Christian leaders to interpret Revelation within its first-century context and critically examine how the book is used today.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students successfully completing NE567 “Revelation” will have demonstrated (1) knowledge and understanding of the Book of Revelation; (2) ability to interpret the book of Revelation through reading and critical interaction in community, using historical, rhetorical, literary and other methods; (3) and skill in reading the Bible theologically in view of diverse contexts.

COURSE FORMAT: Ten weekly meetings on Tuesdays, from 6:30-9:30pm for a total of 30 contact hours. Weekly writing, lecture, large group and small group discussion.


Revelation in a gender-inclusive translation (NRSV, TNIV, or CEB)

Bauckham, Richard. The Theology of the Book of Revelation (New Testament Theology). New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993. ISBN: 978-0521356916, $29.99 [181 pp.].

Kraybill, J. Nelson. Apocalypse and Allegiance: Worship, Politics, and Devotion in the Book of Revelation. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos, 2010. ISBN: 978-1587432613, $21.99 [224 pp.].

Wainwright, Arthur W. Mysterious Apocalypse: Interpreting the Book of Revelation. Wipf and Stock, 2001. ISBN: 978-1579106249, $29.00 [294 pp.].

Select one of the following commentaries:

Blount, Brian K. Revelation: A Commentary. NTL.Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2009. ISBN: 978-0664221218. $50.00 [400 pp.].

Mounce, R. H. The Book of Revelation. Rev. ed. NICNT. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1997 ISBN: 978-0802825377, $50.00 [475 pp.].

Beale, G. K. The Book of Revelation. NIGTC. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1998. ISBN: 978-0802821744, $85.00 [1309 pp.].

A course reader will be available as e-reserves on Moodle

See also the Biblical Division bibliography “Linguistic and Exegetical Books Required in the Master of Divinity Program” available online and with your advisor.

RECOMMENDED READING: (selections will be available in the course reader on eReserves, but students may want to purchase)

Barr, David L, ed. Reading the Book of Revelation: A Resource for Students. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2003. ISBN: 1-58983-056-3, $25.00 [45 pp. used].

Rhoads, David, ed. From Every People and Nation: The Book of Revelation in Intercultural Perspective. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2005. ISBN: 9780800637217, $23.00 [95 pp.].

Schüssler-Fiorenza, Elisabeth. Revelation: Vision of a Just World (Proclamation). Rev. ed. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1998. ISBN: 978-0800625108, $18.00 [164 pp.].


  1. Preparation, Attendance and Participation (10%)

  2. Weekly Quizzes covering learning outcomes 1-3 above (30%)

  3. A research paper (maximum 3000 words), outcomes 1-3 (30%)

  4. Sermon or one session Bible Study on Revelation, learning outcome 3 (30%)


RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: Meets the MA program requirements for NT book study (NTBK).


NOTE: This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification. Textbook prices are set by publishers and are subject to change.