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St. James’ Sunday Bible Study Lectures
April 7, 2019 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
The Apocalypse and Spiritual Life
Sunday April 7 2019 12:15pm. to 1:30pm.
In this section of the course, we are looking at the impact Revelation has had in Western culture and some of the debates it has sparked. As we’ve noted, much in these debates depends on the assumptions people make about the book and the questions they ask of it. Interpreters who assume that the book provides glimpses of coming events, for example, ask how those events will play out in the future. Others who assume that the book uses symbolic language to convey spiritual truths want to know what it says about each person’s relationship to God in the present. In this lecture, we’ll take up three topics—symbolism in Revelation, internal repetitions in the book, and its sense of time—that influenced the idea of a spiritual reading of Revelation that became dominant by the 4th and 5th centuries.