This unit studies Jewish Apocalyptic Literature that provides important background for concepts found in New Testament writings. The unit focusses on the books of Daniel and 1 Enoch. It examines the historical context of the authors and how it relates to their key themes such as the origin of evil; demons and angels; the calendar; the notion that history is moving towards an end; that a Messiah will appear; that the wicked will be destroyed and the righteous rewarded, post-mortem if necessary.

Unit Code: BA2020Y

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate familiarity with the views of scholars as to the origins and characteristics of apocalyptic literature


Explain how the major themes that appear in 1 Enoch, Daniel and other texts relate to the political, social, economic and religious worlds of their time


Exegete passages from apocalyptic texts with the aid of scholarly commentaries


Evaluate the theological significance of the texts studies in this unit

Unit sequence

One Level 1 biblical unit


Lectures, tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

1000 word exegetical essay

0 20.0

1000 word exegetical essay

0 20.0

2000 word essay

0 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-08 09:36:08 +1100