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Dr. Abraham Smith, Professor of New Testament, Perkins School of  Theology, Southern Methodist University

The Perkins Lay School of Theology at St. Paul's presents Professor of New Testament Abraham Smith in an examination of the Book of Revelation.

In contemporary Christian practice the Book of Revelation has often been misunderstood and misused. When read as a document of its time, Revelation (aka The Apocalpyse of John) is revealed as an address to imperial powers, critiquing Rome’s brutal acts of terror and the cultural myths and practices that sustained its domination over colonized provinces. This course will not only look at the ethical implications of the book’s disturbing metaphors in the history of religious and political thought, but will also uncover its careful plot, its use of previous traditions of protest literature, its promotion of worship and radical endurance as ways to resist oppressive powers, and its argument for avoiding cultural accommodation and assimilation.

For information about the professor, the school, suggested readings, cost, and registration, please see this link from Perkins, or download this brochure.