Details for The Book of Revelation

The Revelation (or the Apocalypse as it is often called, from its opening word in Greek) is by common consent one of the most difficult of all the books of the Christian Bible. Nevertheless, attention to its historical context, social and religious milieu, and literary genre will bring considerable light on its form, content, and function.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: BIB355
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Jon Newton


The following courses are prerequisites or corequisites:

Awards offering The Book of Revelation

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content

Curriculum Objective

This unit provides an investigation of the Book of Revelation, including critical issues, interaction with contemporary interpretations and a chapter-by-chapter exegetical study, providing a balanced assessment and appreciation of the book.


  1. Critique and engage the issues and contents pertaining to the formation and features of ‘apocalyptic’ literature;
  2. Exhibit ability to critically evaluate the traditions and texts contributing to the book of Revelation;
  3. Engage with the primary text of the book of Revelation in order to understand the prophetic narrative and the use of rhetorical strategy;
  4. Exegete specific passages in the book of Revelation through the medium of creativity in order to communicate the various themes of this document;
  5. Evaluate the importance and significance of the book of Revelation to Christian life and ministry today.

Subject Content

  • Introduction and overview to the book of Revelation
  • Defining a reading strategy
  • Literary context
  • Historical context
  • Revelation and prophecy today
  • The structure of Revelation
  • The ‘messages’ to the seven churches
  • Encountering a trinitarian perspective

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (onsite)
  • Distance/E-learning (online)
  • Intensive (One week: 7 hours per day for 5 days = 35 class hours + approx 85 hours out of class time for research, writing, exam preparation and execution, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Reading Responses (20%) 
  • Contemporary Presentation (30%) 
  • Major Exegesis (50%) 

Prescribed Text

  • John Christopher Thomas and Frank D. Macchia, Revelation. The Two Horizons New Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2016