Bible Study Syllabus (Revelation)

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This is the syllabus the Bible study used while studying Revelation, in the winter/spring of 2009. The commentary used was Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza's Revelation: Vision of a Just World.


Schedule

January 12


Topic

Revelation 1:1-8

Readings

  • Revelation 1:1-8
  • ESF commentary pp. 39-45 and Introduction pp. 1-5.
  • Judith L. Kovacs, "The Revelation to John: Lessons from the History of the Book's Reception", from Word & World, Volume 25, Number 3
  • Klaus Koch, "What is Apocalyptic? An Attempt at a Preliminary Definition"


January 19


Topic

Revelation 1:9-3:22

Readings


January 26


Topic

Revelation 4 & 5

Readings

  • Revelation 4 & 5
  • ESF commentary pp. 57-62 and Reading Strategies pp. 15-20.
  • Mazie Nakhro, "The Meaning of Worship According to the Book of Revelation"


February 2


Topic

Revelation 6 & 7

Readings

  • Revelation 6-8:1
  • ESF commentary pp. 62-69 and Rhetorical Analysis pp. 20-26.
  • Allan Boesak, Comfort and Protest, Chapter 3: "The Seven Seals Opened"


February 9


Topic

Revelation 8 & 9

Readings


February 16


Topic

Revelation 10 & 11

Readings

  • Rev 10-11
  • ESF Commentary pp. 73-80, Rhetorical Analysis pp. 31-37
  • Allan McNicol, "Revelation 11:1-14 and the Structure of the Apocalypse" from Restoration Quarterly


March 2


Topic

Revelation 12-14

Readings

  • Rev 12-15:4
  • ESF Commentary pp. 80-92, Rhetorical Analysis pp. 117-124
  • Paul S. Minear, "Far as the Curse is Found: The Point of Revelation 12:15-16" from Novum Testamentum XXXIII


March 9


Topic

Revelation 15-17

Readings


March 16


Topic

Revelation 18-20

Readings

  • Rev 18-20
  • ESF Commentary pp. 98-109, Rhetorical Analysis pp. 129-131
  • St. Augustine, excerpts from City of God: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3


March 23


Topic

Revelation 21 & 22

Readings

  • Rev 21-22
  • ESF Commentary pp. 109-115, Rhetorical Analysis pp. 132-139