Course Information

Eschatology is often viewed as a marginal topic within the Biblical text, the playground of cranks and scholars (sometimes in the same person!). And it is just as frequently viewed as dangerously and perplexingly violent. But biblical eschatology is the birthplace of Christian theology and the driving force of Christian mission. Christians are called to join God in the mission of making all things new, in the healing of the world. And in spite of its violent reputation, this eschatological call is ultimately a call to Shalom, to Good News, not violence and not bad news. Although the violent elements are present, they are neither inevitable nor desired.  This brief study will enable students to begin to reframe their understanding of God’s purposes for the world.

How Courses Work

All of our courses are offered via online live attendance (using free webinar software, for which we provide a link). Each course is six weeks long, meeting online once a week on the same day at the same time. The weekly sessions run 90 minutes: 45 minutes for presentation and 45 minutes for Q&R. A maximum of 15 students will be randomly selected to participate in the Q&R sessions (system-generated). If a student misses a course session, the talk/lecture will still be available online for 60 days, but the live chat room interaction will not be available.

Live Class Dates

The course begins May 17, 2017 and runs weekly at 7PM EST. The live class dates are as follows:
  • May 17 – Session 1
  • May 24 – Session 2
  • May 31 – Session 3
  • Jun 7 – Session 4
  • Jun 14 – Session 5
  • Jun 21 – Session 6

Full course details, including session titles and attachments, are available upon registration.

Required Texts

Essential Eschatology
J. Phelan
InterVarsity Press, 2013

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The Theology of the Book of Revelation
Richard Bauckham
Cambridge, 1993

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About The Instructor

John E. (Jay) Phelan is Senior Professor of Theological Studies at North Park Theological Seminary. He teaches Bible and theology including, especially, introductory courses to the New Testament and biblical Eschatology. Recent books include Essential Eschatology (Intervarsity Press) and Doing Theology for the Church (Editor) Wipf and Stock. He is also an ordained minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church.

 

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