I teach at Criswell College in Dallas, Texas, and last week we hosted Dr. Richard Bauckham for a lecture on the biblical book of Revelation. Dr. Bauckham’s lecture was titled “How To Read the Book of Revelation.” The main point of his address was to explain how the genre of Revelation should effect the proper interpretation of the same.
What was fascinating to me was the Q&A time at the end. Criswell College has a premillenial confessional statement, which suggests a certain reading of Revelation 20 that does not cohere with Dr. Bauckham’s. At the very beginning of the Q&A you’ll hear me ask Dr. Bauckham whether reading Revelation “symbolically” thereby removes any correspondence to future sequences of events. This was the question that I raised in my previous note about his book, The Theology of the Book of Revelation (read it here).
For those of you who don’t know Dr. Bauckham, he is one of the luminaries of the scholarly guild of New Testament Studies. Currently, he is at Cambridge University in England, though he is devoting a great deal of his time to writing and traveling. Some of you may remember that I briefly noted one of Bauckham’s other books, Jesus and the Eyewitness. It was a great honor to have him on our campus.
In any case, you can listen to the audio below, or download it here.[audio:http://www.dennyburk.com/Audio/2008_03_04-Richard_Bauckham_Lecture_Criswell_College.mp3]
Here are some pictures from the event.