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Mobile Ed: AR271 The Seven Cities of Revelation (2 hour course)
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Mobile Ed: AR271 The Seven Cities of Revelation (2 hour course)

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Lexham Press 2018

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Overview

To understand the book of Revelation better, one must understand the world in which its first audience lived. This principle is basic to the interpretation of any New Testament letter, but it’s easy to forget when reading Revelation. Many people get caught up in the visions and forget that, from beginning to end, Revelation had to make good sense to Christians in Asia Minor toward the end of the first century; if it was going to speak to anyone at all, it had to speak to them.

In this course, Dr. David deSilva provides a visual tour of the local contexts of the seven cities addressed in Revelation. Beginning at the island of Patmos, Dr. deSilva examines the archaeology of these sites, explaining what this can tell us about the everyday world the early Christians encountered in these places. This course—enriched with photographs of the sites—will give you a sense of how the first audiences in these cities might have encountered the visions and oracles of Revelation.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Discuss the archaeological and material contexts of the seven churches addressed in Revelation
  • Explain facets of the cultural, political, economic, and ideological contexts of these cities as evidenced from the material remains
  • Make connections between the biblical text and the historical/material context

Course Outline

Introduction

  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: Patmos

  • The Island of Patmos

Unit 2: Ephesus

  • The Civic Agora
  • Down Curetes Street
  • Downtown Ephesus
  • The Harbor Area and Temple of Artemis
  • Imperial Cult and Ephesus: Part 1
  • Imperial Cult and Ephesus: Part 2

Unit 3: Smyrna

  • Archaeological Landmarks of Smyrna
  • Smyrna and the Imperial Cult

Unit 4: Pergamum

  • The Upper and Middle City
  • The Lower City and the Asklepion
  • Pergamum and the Imperial Cult

Unit 5: Thyatira

  • The City of Thyatira

Unit 6: Sardis

  • Hellenistic and Romans Sardis
  • The Gymnasium and Synagogue

Unit 7: Philadelphia

  • The City of Philadelphia

Unit 8: Laodicea

  • The Southern City of Laodicea
  • The Central and Western City of Laodicea

Conclusion

  • Conclusion to the Course

Product Details

  • Title: AR271 The Seven Cities of Revelation
  • Instructor: David A. deSilva
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 2

About the Instructor

Dr. David A. deSilva is the trustees’ distinguished professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio, where he’s taught since 1995. He’s written over 20 books in the areas of New Testament and Second Temple Judaism and is a leading expert on the cultural world of the New Testament.

Getting the most out of Mobile Ed

Logos Mobile Education is a highly effective cross-platform learning environment that integrates world class teaching with the powerful study tools and theological libraries available in Logos Bible Software. Every course provides links to additional resources and suggested readings that supplement the lecture material at the end of every transcript segment.

This course comes with an Activities resource that functions as a type of “workbook” for the course. This resource includes learning activities such as: places for you to respond to reflection questions, exercises that will challenge and show you how deepen your understanding of this course by using specific Logos tools and resources, tutorial videos on different features of Logos Bible Software, and links to relevant Logos guides and tools. A link to open the Activities resource is conveniently placed at the end of every segment.