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Luther Seminary's Bible Q & A

Revelation: What does hope look like?

Craig Koester, Professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary, responds to the question, "What does hope look like?" with reflection on his lifetime of study of the Book of Revelation.

He notes that in between the troubling images of strife and destruction that many associate with Revelation, "every few chapters you're taken into the presence of God and into a worshiping community in which God is raised as Creator ... and this cosmic circle of praise for the wellbeing that God provides."

For Koester,

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Acts 2: A Church of Prophets - Matt Skinner

Matt Skinner, professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary, marvels at Acts 2 and how Peter's sermon on the Day of Pentecost describes a church of prophets -- a church made up of believers whose job it is to interpret how God is at work in the world and in one another's lives. 


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Revelation: The Beast and the Lamb - Craig Koester

In this brief video, Prof. Craig Koester of Luther Seminary addresses the question: What significance do the beast and the lamb hold in Revelation?

"What Revelation does is invite you into relationship with the lamb (Christ), while seeking to alienate you from those powers represented by the beast," said Koester.


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Was Isaiah Thinking of Jesus? - Fred Gaiser

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Podcast discussion with Eric Barreto, Kathryn Schifferdecker and Fred Gaiser.
Article written by Fred Gaiser.

One could, I think, answer this question too quickly, either with an “Of course!” or an “Of course not!”

The quick “Of course” could come from a faithful Christian who might then continue, “Yes! This is what I have heard every year during Advent or Lent, when the pastor read the Old Testament lesson from Isaiah about the birth of Immanuel (Isa 7

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