Eschatology: From John’s Apocalypse to Millennialism, Exploring the History of the End of Days

Podcast-style audio & video course - 12 Topics
Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
Saint Mary’s College of California
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Eschatology: From John’s Apocalypse to Millennialism, Exploring the History of the End of Days

Podcast-style audio & video course - 12 Topics
Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
Saint Mary’s College of California
(2 customer reviews)
Includes Free Study Guide
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00
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“Thy kingdom come.” Christians frequently recite these words. But what is God’s kingdom?

This question has fascinated the faithful for more than two millennia. Throughout history we have pondered our ultimate salvation and the “end times,” from St. Paul’s eschatological epistles to modern best sellers like the Left Behind series.

Now, this brilliant course introduces you to that history and practice of eschatology, or the study of the final events in history. With award-winning Catholic professor David Zachariah Flanagin as your guide, you will discover renewed hope as you learn about salvation.

You will begin by exploring Jewish beliefs and apocalyptic literature about God’s redemption of the world. Next you will turn to the life and ministry of Jesus and the early church, which adapted those eschatological ideas to herald Jesus as the Messiah sent to inaugurate God’s kingdom on earth.

You will then address the legacy of biblical hope in Christian history.

How should you interpret the apocalyptic images of the Bible: as literal descriptions or symbols?

“Thy kingdom come.” Christians frequently recite these words. But what is God’s kingdom?

This question has fascinated the faithful for more than two millennia. Throughout history we have pondered our ultimate salvation and the “end times,” from St. Paul’s eschatological epistles to modern best sellers like the Left Behind series.

Now, this brilliant course introduces you to that history and practice of eschatology, or the study of the final events in history. With award-winning Catholic professor David Zachariah Flanagin as your guide, you will discover renewed hope as you learn about salvation.

You will begin by exploring Jewish beliefs and apocalyptic literature about God’s redemption of the world. Next you will turn to the life and ministry of Jesus and the early church, which adapted those eschatological ideas to herald Jesus as the Messiah sent to inaugurate God’s kingdom on earth.

You will then address the legacy of biblical hope in Christian history.

How should you interpret the apocalyptic images of the Bible: as literal descriptions or symbols? This question has led to contemporary end-times speculation, which has deep cultural implications in Western culture. Eschatology is thus as important as it is fascinating. To study this topic is to learn what it means to be a Christian—a believer filled with hope in the life of the world to come.

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This course was previously published as Understanding Eschatology

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David Zachariah Flanagin, Ph.D., is Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Saint Mary’s College of California, where he teaches courses in the development of Christian thought and in biblical studies. His teaching has earned him recognition by the student body as Faculty Member of the Year. Prof. Flanagin received his doctorate in the History of Christianity from the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. He is the author of a number of articles on late-medieval ecclesiology and biblical interpretation. He is the co-editor (with Christopher M. Bellitto) of Reassessing Reform: A Historical Investigation into Church Renewal, published by Catholic University of America Press. In addition to his academic duties, he lectures frequently at churches on topics in the Bible and theology.
 
Praise for Zach Flanagin
“Zach Flanagin is an outstanding historian… thoroughly grounded in his material, but with special gifts as a lecturer. His works in late medieval spirituality are top-notch and I commend him for searching out the origins of this spirituality in its very beginnings.”– Gerald Christianson, Professor Emeritus of Church History, Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary        
 
“Zach Flanagin enjoys the unique combination of deep learning and clear teaching, which is why I recommended him to Now You Know Media. He can communicate complicated subjects in an accessible manner that raises the level of conversation. You will leave his courses with greater insights into church history and the spirituality that drives it.” – Christopher Bellitto, Ph.D., History Department, Kean University
 
“He is an energetic, captivating and enthusiastic lecturer who speaks to both experienced and beginning Bible students. His knowledge and love of the Bible resonates with adults. He not only covers the history and message of each book, but always inspires his listener to find meaning and application for life today.” – Nora Petersen, Director of Adult Formation at St. John Vianney Parish, CA   
 
“I have the privilege of working closely with Professor Flanagin, who is—and I do not exaggerate—one of the most gifted writers and verbal communicators I know. His scholarship in Christian history is influential, and his classroom teaching is masterful.” – Michael Barram, Ph.D., Saint Mary’s College of California

  • Introduction to Christian Apocalypticism
  • Foundational Themes in Biblical Eschatology
  • The Apocalyptic Worldview
  • Apocalyptic Hopes
  • The Apocalyptic Jesus
  • The Apocalyptic Paul
  • Reading Revelation, Part I
  • Reading Revelation, Part II
  • Interpreting Apocalyptic Symbolism
  • Millennialism vs. Amillennialism
  • Millennialism and Protest
  • Apocalypticism in America
  • The Premillennial Turn
  • The Dispensationalist Prophecy
  • Dispensationalism and American Politics

2 reviews for Eschatology: From John’s Apocalypse to Millennialism, Exploring the History of the End of Days

  1. Lawrence B., CA

    Spring Survey: April 2017

    Prof. Zachariah is sane, honest, well informed, and an animated speaker. The subject material is fascinating and extremely relevant, especially the part on dispensationalism.

  2. Lawrence B., CA

    2018 Spring Survey

    Prof Flanagin is knowledgable, has a lively delivery, is interesting to listen to, and tries to give an honest, unbiased evaluation of the subject.

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