NT627 - New Testament Apocalyptic (English Text)
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This unit may not be taken if Revelation has been taken in unit NT628/638.
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will
A. Know and understand
1. New Testament apocalyptic writings, especially Revelation: authorship, date, destination, occasion, setting, purpose.
2. The themes and theology of Revelation.
3. Historical, social and theological roots of New Testament apocalyptic.
4. The eschatological perspectives in Revelation.
5. The English text of Revelation.
6. The nature and methods of New Testament exegesis.
7. A selection of historic and contemporary interpretations of New Testament apocalyptic writings, especially Revelation.
B. Be able to
1. Use sources such as biblical and theological dictionaries, commentaries and on-line resources.
2. Recognise literary form, genre, structure and rhetorical conventions.
3. Compare and contrast translations.
4. Evaluate matters relating to authorship, date and purpose.
5. Utilize the historical, social and cultural contexts.
6. Assign passages to the literary and canonical contexts.
7. Establish the meaning of significant words and phrases in the contexts of New Testament apocalyptic writings and Revelation.
8. Trace inter-textual references and allusions.
9. Discuss the main themes, arguments and theological teachings.
10. Exegete the English text of selected passages from Revelation.
11. Discuss interpretations of the New Testament apocalyptic writings and Revelation.
C. Be in a position to
1. Exegete the English text of Revelation for personal understanding and for use in ministry contexts.
2. Integrate perspectives from the New Testament apocalyptic writings and Revelation into biblical interpretation and Christian thinking.
3. Apply the teaching of the New Testament apocalyptic writings and Revelation to situations and issues in contemporary Christianity and society.
4. Evaluate interpretations and uses of the New Testament apocalyptic writings and Revelation.
1. The historical, social and theological roots of New Testament Apocalyptic writings, especially the Book of Revelation.
2. The theology of the Book of Revelation, including such themes as Christology, doctrine of God, judgement and hope.
3. Exegesis of the English text of Revelation 1–15, 19–21.
Allison, D. C., Jesus of Nazareth: Millenarian Prophet (Minneapolis: Fortress, 1998).
Bloomquist, L. G. and G. Carey, Vision and Persuasion: Rhetorical Dimensions of Apocalyptic Discourse (St Louis, MO: Chalice, 1999).
McGinn, B. (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Apocalypticism. Vol. II: Apocalypticism in Western History and Culture (New York: Continuum, 1998).
Collins, J. J., The Apocalyptic Imagination (New York: Crossroad, 1989).
Russell, D. S., Divine Disclosure: An Introduction to Jewish Apocalyptic (London; SCM, 1992).
Commentaries and Studies on Revelation
Barr, D. L., Tales of the End: A Narrative Commentary on the Book of Revelation (Santa Rosa, CA: Polebridge, 1998).
Beale, G. K., John’s Use of the Old Testament in Revelation (Sheffield: SAP, 1999).
Court, J. M., The Book of Revelation and the Johannine Apocalyptic Tradition (Sheffield: SAP, 2000).
Duff, P. B., Who Rides the Beast? Prophetic Rivalry and the Rhetoric of Crisis in the Churches of the Apocalypse (Oxford, New York: OUP, 2001).
Friesen, S. J., Imperial Cults and the Apocalypse of John: Reading Revelation in the Ruins (Oxford, New York: OUP, 2001).
Hemer, C., The Letters to the Seven Churches of Asia in Their Local Setting. (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001).
Keener, C. S. Revelation (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2000).
Koester, C. R., Revelation and the End of All Things (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001).
Malina, B. J. and J. J. Pilch, Social Science Commentary on the Revelation (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2000).
Witherington, B., Revelation (Cambridge; New York: CUP, 2003).
Bauckham, R., The Theology of Revelation (Cambridge; New York: CUP, 1996).
Kraybill, J. N., Imperial Cult and Commerce in Apocalypse (Sheffield: SAP, 1996).
Malina, B. J., On the Genre and Message of Revelation: Star Visions and Sky Journeys (Peabody: Hendrickson, 1995).
Thompson, L. L., The Book of Revelation: Apocalypse and Empire (New York: OUP, 1990).