Introduction to Revelation with Jamie Davies

Dr. Jamie Davies (Trinity College Bristol) introduces us to the Book of Revelation. We discuss:

  • When, where, by whom, to whom Revelation was written
  • The dominant purpose of Revelation
  • The importance of Revelation’s imagery, and not minimizing its imagery
  • The meaning of the term “apocalypse” and the significance of reading Revelation in the genre of an apocalypse
  • The literary structure of Revelation
  • Revelation’s contested inclusion within the canon and the significance of its canonical placement.
  • Issues that have challenged interpreters throughout history
  • Revelation’s contemporary significance
  • The issues and approaches to Revelation that preoccupy scholars today

Relevant Works by Jamie Davies

  • Reading Revelation: A Literary and Theological Commentary, Smyth & Helwys, 2023
  • The Apocalyptic Paul, Cascade, 2022
  • Paul Among the Apocalypses? An Evaluation of the ‘Apocalyptic Paul’ in the Context of Jewish and Christian Apocalyptic Literature, LNTS 562, T&T Clark, 2016

Jamie Davies Recommends

  • Two movies produced by Christopher Nolan: 
    • “Memento”
    • “Inception”

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This episode is co-sponsored by Samford University and the Alabama Humanities Alliance, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this episode do not necessarily represent those of the Alabama Humanities Alliance, the National Endowment for the Humanities or Samford University.