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Apocalypse: Controversies and Meaning in Western History
A Teaching Company Course with Andy Noel and Al Hoppe
Exiled to the island of Patmos over 1,900 years ago, a prophet named John wrote a remarkable letter to fellow Christians. That letter is the Apocalypse of John, better known as The Book of Revelation, and Christians and non-Christians alike have been debating its message ever since. Join Andy Noel and Al Hoppe as they lead this 13-week Teaching Company video Course.
The meaning of the Greek word for apocalypse is “disclosure,” and John’s book discloses dimensions of two age-old mysteries: the character of evil and the nature of hope. So influential was Revelation in the early Christian church that it was placed as the final text in the New Testament, and its popularity has intensified in the centuries since. Revelation is both a terrifying vision of evil and a celebration of God’s ultimate victory over the forces of darkness. It has inspired great thoughts and great misunderstanding.
Our Teaching Company lecturer is a preeminent scholar and teacher of the Apocalypse, Professor Craig R. Koester of Luther Seminary in St. Paul Minnesota. Dr. Koester will engage us directly with Revelation, examining its meaning in John’s Day AND how it continues to be meaningful to us as contemporary readers.
We will “disclose” the meaning of such confusing topics as The Antichrist, The Rapture, The Number of the Beast, Armageddon, and many others.
Format of each session:
September 14 Lecture 2: Judaism’s Apocalyptic View
September 21 Lecture 3: Early Christian’s Apocalyptic View
September 28 Lecture 4: Origins of the Book of Revelation
October 5 Lecture 5: Issues Facing First Readers
October 12 Lecture 6: God, the Lamb, and the 7 Seals
October 19 Lecture 7: 7 Trumpets, Temple, and Celebration
October 26 Lecture 8: The Dragon and Evil
November 2 Lecture 9: The Beasts, Evil in Political Sphere
November 9 Lecture 10: The Harlot and Imperial Economy
November 16 Lecture 11: Battle, Kingdom, Last Judgment
November 23 No Class – Thanksgiving
November 30 Lecture 12: New Creation, New Jerusalem
December 7 Lecture 13: Antichrist, Millennium
December 14 Lecture 14: Revelation’s Place in the Bible
For those wishing to participate via Zoom, contact Andy Noel at for a Zoom invitation.
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