Revelation (apokalypsis) is central to Christian theology. The Revelation to John is a specific expression of Christian writing that makes explicit many aspects of revelation that are tacit within gospels and epistles. Some of these aspects include hyperbolic textures in expression of biblical eschatology and the seeming surrealism of futurity with the signature ears to hear for the response of faith. This unit will explore within The Revelation to John, its peculiar interface between literary style and theological overture, which is cast for specific reception of Christian promise and testimony within difficult contexts of human life.

Unit Code: BN3032S

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Identify literary features common to diverse expressions of apocalyptic language in New Testament writings and Christian proclamation


Identify and critically evaluate diverse theological approaches to The Revelation to John and apocalyptic language;


Formulate and apply critical criteria for evaluating contemporary uses of apocalyptic language in Christian theology and testimony;


Demonstrate critical awareness of hermeneutical issues arising in the interface between Revelation and Christian theology

Unit sequence

54 points in Systematic Theology Introduction to Systematic Theology and 54 points in Biblical Studies when cross-listed to New Testament Studies


Rotating lecture/discussion/group work over 3 hours per week


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Document Study

600 word document study

600 13.0
Document Study

600 word document study

600 12.0
Document Study

600 word document study

600 13.0

Two 1250 word essays or one 2,500 word essay

2500 50.0
Document Study

600 word document study

600 12.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 16 Oct, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-15 14:40:24 +1100