This unit offers a reading of Daniel as resistance literature. We will examine the historical and literary setting of Daniel by locating it alongside other Jewish apocalyptic literature, both canonical and non-canonical, and explore the rise of apocalypticism within Judaism, its relationship to prophecy, and apocalyptic themes and theology. We will also examine the impact of Jewish apocalyptic thought on the New Testament and beyond, including the ways apocalyptic ideas continue to shape religious and political discourse today manifest in movements such as the US religious right and ISIS.

Unit Code: BA9200T

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning Outcomes


Analyse and situate Daniel within its historical and literary context


Articulate the major theological themes, images, and terms associated with the apocalyptic worldview of Daniel and other contemporary Jewish apocalypses


Compare critically the theological emphases of Daniel with other prophetic texts of the Old Testament


Demonstrate application of a range of exegetical skills and clear methodological approach to the interpretation of a passage from Daniel


Evaluate the way in which apocalyptic language and images are used in contemporary discourse

Unit sequence

Introduction to Old Testament and Introduction to New Testament


Intensive face to face: Lectures, discussion, group work.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Oral Presentation

Oral presentation in class (1,500 words)

0 25.0

Daily journal (1,000 words equivalent)

0 25.0
Exegetical Essay

3,500-word exegetical paper

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-14 13:04:55 +1100