Our Summer Bible Series is an opportunity for adults and young adults who want to renew or expand their understanding of Scripture. The series is presented by highly qualified scripture scholars but is appropriate for participants with little or limited understanding of the Bible.
The Book of Revelation was a letter from a Christian named John addressed to Christian communities in Asia Minor. It is an example of prophecy in the best biblical sense of the word – God speaking to God’s people. As a example of apocalyptic literature, it shares many features with other Jewish and Christian writing in this genre.
In this four-week series, Dr. Mulcahey will explore the power of the book’s elusive and intriguing symbolic language, the cosmic scope of its narrative, and the beauty of its liturgical worship. Although the nearness of the end times is woven into the fabric of the entire book, it is a timeless expression of the hope (not fear) that God will soon intervene on behalf of God’s people as God had consistently done in the past.
Adults and young adults who participate in this opportunity will:
• As “crisis literature”—the author’s response to the Church dangling at the end of its rope;
• As the motor behind various social and religious movements throughout history
• And as a “message for our time.”
Dr. Bill Mulcahey is retired Director of Campus Ministry and professor at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids. Bill received his Licentiate in Sacred Scripture (S.S.L.) from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. He served for fifteen years in basic Christian communities and higher education in Latin America, and for 12 years as Director of Campus Ministry and professor in the Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Campus Ministry Department at Mount Mercy. Bill also serves as an instructor for the Archdiocese of Dubuque's Lay Formation and Hispanic Diaconate Formation Programs. Bill and his wife Damaris reside in Cedar Rapids and are members of St. Matthew Parish.
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