1/6/15 ASHLAND, Ohio - Dr. John Byron, professor of New Testament at Ashland Theological Seminary, will present a lecture titled "‘The Mystery and Message of Revelation” on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Smetzer Auditorium inside the Gerber Academic Building on the Ashland Theological Seminary campus.
In this lecture, Dr. Byron will discuss the setting surrounding the writing of Revelation and how the original readers would have understood it. He will demonstrate that rather than a series of predictions, the first readers would have understood it as a critique of the church and as a warning against becoming too comfortable with the Roman Empire.
“Because of the unusual nature of Revelation, it is sometimes interpreted as a guide to determining how the world will end. This approach is demonstrated frequently by the numerous attempts to connect contemporary events and persons with the various images found in Revelation,” he said. “But while Revelation certainly contains prophecy, its message is much more important than a roadmap to the end of the world.”
The evening lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a light reception. Seating is first come, first served and registration is not required. Questions may be directed to Amy Burns at 419.289.5462.
Ashland Theological Seminary is a graduate division of Ashland University. With campuses in Ashland, Detroit, Cleveland and Columbus, Ashland Theological Seminary integrates theological education with Christ-centered transformation as it equips men and women for ministry in the church and the world.