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The word “apocalypse” in Greek means “revelation.” It assumes a counter-cultural, coded narrative that is meant to see the world from another perspective. Unfortunately, this literature has too often been claimed in a narrow way by religious fundamentalists to “predict the end of the world.” In this class, we’ll explore alternative readings. Literally the word “seer” means see-er. What can we see together in these two strange narratives, Daniel from the Old Testament and Revelation from the New Testament, which help us to see our own world through a different lens?
GROUP LEADER: The Rev. Canon Rich Simpson is an Episcopal priest. For fifteen years he was the rector of St. Francis Church in Holden, and for the past four years he has served as a member of the Bishop’s executive staff for the Diocese of Western Massachusetts. He has taught the Bible to undergraduates at Assumption College and offered classes at WISE for many years.
REQUIRED BOOK: A copy of the Biblical books of Daniel and Revelation. Use a hard copy or access them online.
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