The Victory of Christ: How to Read and Understand the Book of Revelation

Podcast-style audio & video course - 12 Topics
Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
The Catholic University of America
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The Victory of Christ: How to Read and Understand the Book of Revelation

Podcast-style audio & video course - 12 Topics
Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
The Catholic University of America
(6 customer reviews)
Includes Free Study Guide
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00
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From the time of the early Christians, the book of Revelation has fascinated and puzzled its readers in equal measure. Now you can join one of the world’s leading experts in exploring this important—and often misunderstood—biblical book.

Also known as the Apocalypse of John, Revelation has left a profound mark on Western culture. For many, however, Revelation remains a mystery, and it is rarely preached or read at Sunday Mass. Ian Boxall (D.Phil., Oxford), a celebrated New Testament professor at The Catholic University and the author of numerous books on Revelation, is the perfect guide to help demystify this powerful text.

This compelling series takes you on an eye-opening journey through this influential yet puzzling book. You will learn about its origins on the Greek island of Patmos, apocalyptic writing in the early church, and how its original audience might have understood the text. Through exploring how the timeless metaphors in Revelation have been interpreted throughout the ages, you will gain new insights into the New Testament.

Above all, you will come to understand the book’s self-d

From the time of the early Christians, the book of Revelation has fascinated and puzzled its readers in equal measure. Now you can join one of the world’s leading experts in exploring this important—and often misunderstood—biblical book.

Also known as the Apocalypse of John, Revelation has left a profound mark on Western culture. For many, however, Revelation remains a mystery, and it is rarely preached or read at Sunday Mass. Ian Boxall (D.Phil., Oxford), a celebrated New Testament professor at The Catholic University and the author of numerous books on Revelation, is the perfect guide to help demystify this powerful text.

This compelling series takes you on an eye-opening journey through this influential yet puzzling book. You will learn about its origins on the Greek island of Patmos, apocalyptic writing in the early church, and how its original audience might have understood the text. Through exploring how the timeless metaphors in Revelation have been interpreted throughout the ages, you will gain new insights into the New Testament.

Above all, you will come to understand the book’s self-designation as “a revelation of Jesus Christ.” In witnessing Christ’s victory over the forces of evil and chaos, you will emerge from this course with an invigorated sense of hope and understanding of the word of God.

This course was previously published as The Victory of Christ: Exploring the Book of Revelation

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Prof. Ian Boxall, D.Phil., is a British New Testament scholar and an associate professor of New Testament at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He received his master’s degree and doctorate in the New Testament, as well as his bachelor’s degree in theology, from the University of Oxford, where he wrote his dissertation on Revelation. Before moving to the United States in 2013, Prof. Boxall taught the New Testament in the United Kingdom for over twenty years, first at Chichester Theological College from 1992–1994, then at the University of Oxford from 1994–2013.

Among Prof. Boxall’s publications are a number of books on the Book of Revelation, including Revelation: Vision and Insight (SPCK, 2002), The Revelation of John (Continuum and Hendrickson, 2006), and Patmos in the Reception History of the Apocalypse (Oxford University Press, 2013). He is also the author of Discovering Matthew (Eerdmans, 2015) and two undergraduate study guides to the New Testament: New Testament Interpretation and The Books of the New Testament (SCM Press, 2007). He was previously editor of Scripture Bulletin, the journal of the Catholic Biblical Association of Great Britain.

Praise for Ian Boxall

“Ian Boxall is one of the brightest and most incisive of younger British Catholic New Testament scholars. Before being head-hunted for Catholic University, Washington, he taught with distinction for some years in the theology faculty of Oxford University. He has a talent for expressing profound and illuminating truths in a succinct and understandable form.”
– Fr. Henry Wansbrough, O.S.B., Liverpool Hope University

“Ian Boxall is well known as an outstanding scholar on all areas of the New Testament…. He has captivated his students at the University of Oxford and The Catholic University of America over many years now.”
– Nicholas King, S.J., University of London

“Ian Boxall has a great talent for communicating his vast knowledge and scholarship on the writings of the New Testament. Clarity combined with originality are key features of all his written works.”
– Catrin H. Williams, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

“Dr Ian Boxall is a hugely talented British New Testament scholar, and a renowned expert on the Book of Revelation, who is ideally suited to explain the intricacies of this complex but fascinating book.”
– Rev. Dr Adrian Graffy, Pontifical Bible Commission

“Professor Ian Boxall is a world-leading expert on the understanding and history of the interpretation of one of the most enigmatic books in the Bible, the Book of Revelation.”
– Christopher Rowland, Dean Ireland Professor Emeritus of the Exegesis of Holy Scripture at the University of Oxford

“In his course on the Gospel of Mark, Ian Boxall brings his scholarly expertise to the Gospel of Mark, traditionally represented by a lion: he calls it the untamed and untamable Gospel. Professor Boxall insightfully unveils Mark’s rich portrayal of Jesus and of discipleship in ways that will be deeply meaningful to all audiences, no matter their background or prior biblical knowledge.”
– Michael J. Gorman, St. Mary’s Seminary & University Baltimore, Maryland

“Ian Boxall is a leading academic authority on the Book of Revelation. His research is meticulous, his perspective is clear and his communication skills are second to none.”
– Prof. Mark Goodacre, Duke University

“Dr. Boxall has an excellent record of research and publication on the reception history of the gospels. He has a deep understanding of the biblical text and a broad knowledge of how it has been interpreted through the centuries. Furthermore, he has earned a reputation as an exceptionally gifted teacher able to effectively communicate his accumulated knowledge and wisdom.”
– Dr. David Bosworth, The Catholic University of America

  • The Puzzles of Revelation
  • John and Patmos
  • Seven Messages to Seven Angels
  • The Worship of Heaven
  • Images of Christ in Revelation
  • Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls: The Violence of Revelation
  • Singing with the Angels: The Hymns of Revelation
  • Playing with Numbers: 666 and All That
  • The Unveiling and Fall of Babylon
  • Visions of the End: The Completion of Christ’s Victory
  • A Journey through the New Jerusalem
  • Conclusion: The Revelation of Jesus Christ

6 reviews for The Victory of Christ: How to Read and Understand the Book of Revelation

  1. Linda H., USA

    Fall Survey: October 2016

    Revelations can be hard to understand if you don’t know the meaning of the strange things in it.

  2. Bill C., FL

    Fall Survey: October 2016

    This is a good, concise look at a challenging book of the Bible.

  3. Anonymous

    Winter Survey: January 2017

    I love hearing different people’s views of Revelations. It explains so many things that are difficult to understand.

  4. Bill C., FL

    Winter Survey: January 2017

    This is a clear guide through a confusing book. Prof Boxall explains the perspective of the original readers enabling us to understand what they understood.

  5. David T., UK

    Spring Survey: April 2017

    Prof Boxall clearly knows and loves his subject. His talks are enlightening and inspirational.

  6. Steven Y., CA

    2018 Spring Survey

    The Book of Revelations requires an understanding of its historical background and its symbolism to unlock its meaning. And the first two courses that I have taken have provided that information in a matter that is easy to digest.

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