This unit studies Jewish Apocalyptic Literature that provides important background for concepts found in New Testament writings. The unit focusses on the books of Daniel and 1 Enoch. It examines the historical context of the authors and how it relates to their key themes such as the origin of evil; demons and angels; the calendar; the notion that history is moving towards an end; that a Messiah will appear; that the wicked will be destroyed and the righteous rewarded, post-mortem if necessary.

Unit Code: BA9020Y

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Old Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate familiarity with the views of scholars as to the origins and characteristics of apocalyptic literature


Explain how the major themes that appear in 1 Enoch, Daniel and other texts relate to the political, social, economic and religious worlds of their time


Exegete passages from apocalyptic texts with the aid of scholarly commentaries


Evaluate the theological significance of the texts studies in this unit


Analyse the sources upon which the apocalyptic writers drew and the interpretive tools they used in the construction of their works


Evaluate the similarities and differences between 1 Enoch and Daniel and assess whether they came from the same group

Unit sequence

Successfully completed one biblical unit at undergraduate or post-graduate level.


Lectures, tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Exegetical Essay

1000 word exegetical essay

0 20.0
Exegetical Essay

1000 word exegetical essay

0 20.0

4000 word essay

0 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-14 09:29:22 +1100