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.

Unit Code: BS9920A

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Biblical Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning Outcomes


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

Unit sequence

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.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Written Assessment Task 1500 words

0 25.0
Oral Presentation

Presentation (in class or on forum) equivalent to 1500 words

0 25.0

Written Assessment Task 3000 words

0 50.0

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