The Book of Revelation and the Apocalyptic Imagination

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Week One
June 5-9
9:00 - 11:30

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The course will explore the last book of the New Testament and its extravagant imagery. Often misunderstood as a blueprint for events of our own day or dismissed as utterly irrelevant to contemporary Christianity, the Book of Revelation will be seen to be a forceful proclamation of the Gospel within the hostile context of the Greek cities of Asia Minor in the last decades of the first century. Drawing on the rich traditions of Biblical prophecy and later Jewish apocalyptic thought, Revelation calls on followers of Jesus to endure, comforted by their current participation in the victory of Christ over the powers of evil that has already been achieved, in the firm hope that that victory will be fully manifested in God’s good time. The class will focus on a close reading of the text of Revelation supplemented by articles by contemporary scholars offering varied perspectives on the text.


Sterling Professor of Divinity, Dean of Yale Divinity School from 2002 to 2012, and a regular member of the Summer Study faculty, Harold Attridge is well known for his contributions to the study of the New Testament and early Christian literature.  His publications include The Epistle to the Hebrews, in the Hermeneia commentary series, and most recently, Essays on John and Hebrews and the Acts of Thomas.
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