The Monday night study group will be starting a new series on January 12. It is a 24 week lecture/ class entitled “The Apocalypse: Controversies and Meaning in Western History”. All are invited to join this study. We talk, laugh, eat (of course!), question, pray, and discuss. Please give yourself the gift of time and Bible reading in the midst of this busy world.
The book of Revelation is one of the most intriguing and most discussed books of all time. The pages contain a remarkable cast of characters, from a monstrous red dragon and seven headed beast to angels. It offers terrifying scenes of cosmic conflict and glimpses of heavenly splendor. The course will cover the background of Revelation, the text itself and the impact it has had on Western culture.
The course is designed in three parts. The first part considers the background of the Apocalypse, the second part looks at the contents of the book itself, and the third part explores what happened after the book was written, as people have tried to make sense of it over the centuries.
An important piece of the background is the word “apocalypse” itself. Today the word conjures images of disaster and destruction, but the author of Revelation used it to mean “disclosure”; that is, an apocalypse is an act of disclosure and the sense of giving insight into mystery.
If this sounds intriguing, contact Jackie Holmquist for more info and/or to join the class. There is a book that is recommended to have before the first class. The group meets at UMCC in classroom B-2 right next to the choir room. Dinner and conversation begins at 6:30 p.m. which leads to the class itself starting at about 7:00 until 8:30 p.m.