The End: Reading Revelation Theologically

Sunday, January 15, 2017
The Second Sunday After The Epiphany
10:00 am - 10:45 am


The Revelation of Saint John the Divine is one of the most peculiar and controversial books of the Bible. Also called by its anglicized Greek name, the Apocalypse, the book’s imagery, language, and claims about heaven, earth, and the relationship between them, have captivated Christians for millennia. This class will look closely at the book, guided by several recent Anglican commentaries.

After several weeks away, the Sunday class resumes its study of the great Christian apocalypse on January 15. We pick up with the thirteenth chapter, in which John sees a beast rise up out of the sea, summoned by the dragon. Then he sees a beast rise up out of the earth, whose infamous “number” is “six hundred threescore and six.” The themes of these middle chapters of Revelation are dark and violent indeed, making it all the more important for the reader to stay focused on the Lamb–slaughtered but victorious–and keep the faith in the coming of the New Jerusalem.