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Revelation & Corinthians: A New Understanding
Monday, February 24 (6 pm supper) to Wednesday, February 26 (1 pm)

Did you know that the book of Revelation has nothing to do with predictions of the future?  Have you ever wondered what Paul really meant to say to the Corinthians?

In this retreat Richard Rohrbaugh will lead us in an entertaining and enlightening look at these latter books of the Bible.

The end didn’t happen last May 21, but the book of Revelation has lost none of its allure for those who believe the “end-of-the world” is near.  The fact is that this book of the Bible has nothing to do with the end of the world or anything else in the world’s future.  It was written as an underground code message to Christians suffering during the persecutions of the Roman Emperor Domitian in the year 96 A.D.  It is a ringing and defiant rejection of state power and imperial hubris in the name of Christ.  During this retreat Richard will describe the circumstances of its writing and the cryptic language that told the Emperor and the Empire exactly where to go. 

The church in Corinth had problems.  They had food fights, drunks, class warfare and women trying to lead worship.  Thus we have two pastoral letters from Paul to the Corinthians.  But he wrote at least four and maybe as many as seven.   The relationship, however, was a rocky one; he may even have been kicked out of town.  So what happened and how did his advice work out?  Was Paul the misogynist or the homophobe he appears to be in English translations?  We will examine all that -- together with the horrendous things modern translators have done with what Paul said. 

Richard L. Rohrbaugh is the Paul S. Wright Professor of Religious Studies (Emeritus) at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, where he has taught for the past 33 years.  He holds a B.A. degree from Sterling College, an M. Div. from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and an S.T.D. from San Francisco Theological Seminary.  He is a James Purdy Scholar, a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association, and the American Schools of Oriental Research.  He has been among the pioneers in using anthropological studies of Mediterranean culture to set the New Testament in its ancient social and cultural context.  He is the author or co-author of nine books including: Listening to Scripture (2008),  The New Testament in Cross-Cultural Perspective (Cascade Books, 2007), &  Social Science Commentary on the Synoptic Gospels (Fortress, 1992, 2003).

Investment in Learning:  $395

Decision Day:  February 3

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