Creation to New Creation: Hebrews–Revelation
*This course is now available to take by video at your own pace.
At long last we reach the end of a journey. At the heart of our course offerings at Emmaus is a book-by-book pilgrimage through the entire Bible, from Creation to New Creation—Genesis to Revelation. This signature stream of courses is designed to familiarize students with the overarching structure and message of the whole Bible and with the part each book plays in the divine drama it unveils.
In this course, we will complete our Journey Through Scripture by studying the books of Hebrews–Revelation. In the book of Hebrews, we will encounter Jesus our High Priest, who has come to fulfill his promise to Israel to be the salvation of the whole world. Next, we will survey a group of books known as the Catholic Epistles (James–Jude), where faith is exhorted and where length of text has no impact on the depth of its contents. Finally, having traced the crescendo from the pages of Genesis, we reach the climax of the theodrama in Revelation, where we will examine how the Cross of Christ accomplished what it was determined to do from the beginning of time, culminating in the endless reign of the Triune God in the New Heavens and New Earth, that is, the New Creation!
Revelation 21:1-5 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” 5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.”
Although this course has been a cumulative study, the previous classes are not prerequisites. Anyone is welcome to register and attend. Whether you take the course for personal enrichment, or to support your formal teaching, or to provide greater liturgical appreciation, this course is designed to deepen our knowledge of God and to move our hearts toward greater faith and devotion as we meet our Lord in the life-transforming words of Sacred Scripture.
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