Sunday Adult Forum – Special Guest Dr. Greg Carey
October 30 @ 10:15 am - 11:00 am
We are excited to have Dr. Greg Carey* at Immanuel for 3 weeks speaking on “What Does the Book of Revelation Really Mean?”
Here’s the truth: no academic interpreter of Revelation understands the book as a roadmap for the future, much less as telling contemporary Christians that these are the last days. Instead, scholars understand that Revelation originally spoke to the conditions of its own time and place. It offered a specific group of first century Christians not only hope for the future but also an interpretation — a “revelation” — of the world they inhabited. In other words, the best way to understand Revelation does not require an official Dick Tracy Apocalyptic Decoder Ring. We best understand Revelation when we read it like any other ancient text, in its own historical and cultural context.
*Dr. Greg Carey – Greg Carey has taught at Lancaster Theological Seminary since 1999, having previously taught at Rhodes College and Winthrop University. He holds a BA from Rhodes College, an MDiv from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a PhD from Vanderbilt University (1996). Greg teaches courses on the New Testament and on biblical and contextual interpretation, along with a doctoral seminar devoted to research methodologies. His elective courses include: Luke and Acts, the Parables of Jesus, and Romans.
Greg’s research interests include the book of Revelation and ancient apocalyptic literature, the Gospel of Luke, and public biblical interpretation. He is the author or co-editor of 10 books, including Using Our Outside Voice: Public Biblical Interpretation; Stories Jesus Told: How to Read a Parable. His volume, Death, the End of History, and Beyond: Eschatology in the Bible, will appear in the Spring of 2023.
Teaching and advising students provides Greg’s primary sense of vocation. As a biblical scholar, he aims to help students cultivate their capacity as public interpreters of Scripture.
Greg has served on the editorial boards of Review of Biblical Literature, Horizons in Biblical Theology, and Biblical Interpretation, and held national and international leadership positions in the Society of Biblical Literature. He has appeared on the BBC, PBS, the Discovery Channel, and the History Channel, and has frequently contributed to the Christian Century and other public outlets. He fields media interviews regarding biblical studies and the interface of contemporary Christianity and politics, and he frequently teaches and preaches around the mid-Atlantic.
An Alabama native, Greg is an active layperson in the United Church of Christ, where he has served in national and international ecumenical settings. He is a member of the Open and Affirming Coalition’s National Leadership Team, works for equity in public education funding, and volunteers as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for a young person in foster care.