This unit provides an introduction to apocalyptic studies, and apocalyptic literature. In this unit, the students will gain an overview of the nature of the apocalyptic genre and become familiar with the major views regarding the history and characteristics of the apocalyptic literature. The unit will examine the historical background, social settings, development, theology and exegesis of ancient Jewish and Christian apocalyptic literature. Selected ancient Jewish and Christian apocalyptic texts will be chosen for exegesis. Phenomena of modern apocalypticism will be introduced, and subversive power of apocalypticism will be addressed. In its conclusion, the unit will introduce questions of public proclamation of apocalyptic literature and offer possible strategies for preaching the message of apocalyptic literature.
Describe and discuss the content, type and themes of Apocalyptic Literature
Analyse the theology of Apocalyptic Literature
Apply the message of apocalyptic literature to preaching
Critically evaluate the influence of various aspects of apocalypticism on modern history, art and popular culture
Argue the relationship between apocalypticism, radicalism and violence
An introductory Old Testament unit at any level An introductory New Testament unit at any level
Face to face: 12 weekly sessions, required reading and additional reading sources.
Written Assessment Task 1500 words
Presentation (in class or on forum) equivalent to 1500 words
Written Assessment Task 3000 words
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017
Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-25 14:24:31 +1100