Revelation 8:6–11:19 (The Seven Trumpets) with Ian Boxall

Dr. Ian Boxall (St. Stephen’s House, University of Oxford) guides us through Revelation 8:6–11:19 (the Seven Trumpets). We discuss:

  • The angels blowing trumpets (8:6)
  • The significance of the great burning mountain and the star being thrown into the waters (8:8-11).
  • The striking and darkening of the sun, moon, and stars (8:12)
  • The eagle that cries woes upon the earth (8:13)
  • The bottomless pit, the smoke, and the bizarre locusts that come up out of the pit (9:1-6)
  • The significance of the locusts as hybrid creatures with features of animals, humans, and demons; their ruler, Abaddon, Apolyon (9:7­–11)
  • The significance of the mighty angel who comes from heaven and who holds a “little scroll open”  (10:2)
  • The voice from heaven that instructs John to not write down what the seven thunders said (v. 4), but instead, to eat the scroll in the angel’s hand (vv. 8–10).
  • The identity of “the beast that comes up from the bottomless pit” (11:7) and “the great city” (v. 8)
  • The “two witnesses” (11:3)

Works by Ian Boxall

  • Christ in the Book of Revelation. Paulist Press, 2021 
  • The Book of Revelation and Its Interpreters. Rowman and Littlefield, 2016
  • Patmos in the Reception History of the Apocalypse. Oxford University Press, 2013 
  • Revelation: Vision and Insight: An Introduction of the Apocalypse. SPCK, 2002 
  • The Revelation of Saint John. Black’s New Testament Commentary. Baker Academic, 2009

Ian Boxall Recommends

  • How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing by Paul Silvia
  • The Clockwork Muse: A Practical Guide to Writing Theses, Dissertations, and Books by Eviatar Zerubavel

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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.