THURSDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY – THE APOCALYPSE
This much anticipated class has now been scheduled to begin in February, and promises to be an exciting learning opportunity for adults and teens alike. Mark your calendars for Thursday, February 23rd.
ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTOR:
Father Isaiah Bugaku has been a priest with the Order of the Apostles of Jesus Missionaries since 1999, and is currently the Chaplain at Sancta Clara Monastery in Canton. He holds degrees from the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, and the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, where he is completing his PhD in Sacred Theology. Having served as Academic Dean at the Apostles of Jesus Institute of Theology, Father Isaiah has lectured on many Old Testament books, as well as the synoptic gospels and New Testament Scripture, and for the past seven years he has taught and lectured on Johannine Literature, which is comprised of the Gospel and epistles of St. John, and the Apocalypse.
ABOUT THIS CLASS:
Bible Study Classes are held on Thursday nights from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. This will be a six week class, which will run from February 23rd through March 30th. Father Isaiah will meet with us for five of the Thursday evenings, as we explore the Book of Revelation. We will be introduced to the historical background of the book, to whom it was written, its purpose, and structure. Next, we will learn about apocalyptic writing itself, as a literary genre involving several types of symbolism. Portrayed in the symbolic visions, we will find The Father, Son and Holy Spirit, as well as the Church. Of course we will also explore the prophetic aspects of the book, and its end-times teachings. Written as a challenge to first century congregations, its relevance to the present day Church, and the challenges presented to 21st century Christianity will also be explored.
Over the past 100 years, so much has been written about the Book of Revelation that its primary message has often been obscured, and even abused by some modern religious leaders; and although The Catholic Church has been fairly open to various interpretations (provided they do not violate basic Biblical truths), there is a fundamental narrative that has endured throughout the ages, which must -first and foremost - be realized in order to put these interpretations in their proper context. With that in mind, Father Isaiah will help us in our understanding of this ancient text.