Reply To: Analyze one of the supplementary Bible passages in light of the course content. Do you see evidence of the Hebraic map? Did anything about the passage surprise you? Was there any part of the passage that stuck out to you in particular?
Kudos to you for taking on the heavy subject of Revelations. When studying Revelation, I was always taught that it is important to note the genre. While it is prophecy, we must be careful to analyze prophecy in the Hebraic tradition which is sometimes confused with an understanding of modern-day psychics. A prophet is the mouthpiece of God. The genre of Revelation is multitoned, creating even deeper confusion for the modern reader. As well as prophecy, it is also apocalyptic, a genre that is no longer in existence and, therefore, difficult to understand. Apocalyptical texts feature heavy symbolism and a mystical unveiling. Lastly, the genre is of a letter. While we know that John is writing to these churches, we are only given one side of the letter, which creates even more confusion. I enjoyed reading your writing and analysis. Thank you for sharing.