“Thy kingdom come.” As a Christian, you frequently recite these words. But what is God’s kingdom?
Such a 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 bestsellers 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 an award-winning Catholic professor as your guide, you will discover renewed hope as you learn about our salvation. By exploring scripture, history, and culture, you will deepen your understanding of this topic.
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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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: An 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, Ge...
- 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