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The Book of Revelation

 

Sessions

References

 

Revelation is a book politely ignored by many mainstream Christians, who have considered it the eccentric cousin in the canon, best kept at a discrete distance. It has but a meager presence in the lectionary, although its imagery has found its way into many beloved hymns. Its visions have spawned numerous interpretations through the ages. Some see it as a book of encoded prophecy which can be unlocked to reveal future happenings; others as poetic descriptions of timeless truths; and still others as oblique descriptions of past events. The book is an example of an established literary form foreign to most modern readers known as apocalyptic literature, in which a seer ascends in a heavenly journey, receiving visions interpreted by angelic guides.

We studied Revelation from Jan 11, 2004 to Feb. 29, 2004, using the video series by Professor Craig Koester of Luther Seminary Is This the Time. Interpreting the Mystery of Revelation, Luther Productions, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2003; supplemented by Dr. Koester's book, Revelation and the End of All Things, W.B. Eerdmans Publishing, Grand Rapids / Cambridge, 2001, ISBN 0-8028-4660-2.

The sessions were (based on chapter titles in Dr. Koester's book):

  1. Interpreting the Mystery

  2. Christ and the Churches (Revelation 1-3)

  3. The Scroll Unsealed (Revelation 4-7)

  4. Trumpets of Terror and Hope (Revelation 8-11)

  5. The Beast and the Lamb (Revelation 12-15)

  6. The Harlot and the Bride (Revelation 15-19)

  7. The End (Revelation 19-22)

 

Sessions

 

Session titles are taken from chapter titles in our primary reference Revelation and the End of All Things

Downloads*

1. Interpreting the Mystery

No downloads are available.

 

This was a video series produced by Luther Productions. A handout for each session was provided as part of the video (also available as a DVD) series package.

2. Christ and the Churches (Revelation 1-3)

3. The Scroll Unsealed (Revelation 4-7)

4. Trumpets of Terror and Hope (Revelation 8-11)

5. The Beast and the Lamb (Revelation 12-15)

6. The Harlot and the Bride (Revelation 15-19)

7. The End (Revelation 19-22)

 

*To download a presentation or handout, click and hold (Macintosh) on the link in the bright blue box under the desired format, or right-click (Windows) the link and choose "Save Target As" or "Save Link as." Information on the format of the downloadable files can be found here

 

 

 

References

 

References

Is This the Time. Interpreting the Mystery of Revelation. Craig Koester. Luther Productions, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2003 (Video / DVD Series)

Revelation and the End of All Things. Craig Koester. W.B. Eerdmans Publishing, Grand Rapids / Cambridge, 2001. ISBN 0-8028-4660-2