This unit explores the literary context and socio-political location of the Revelation of Jesus Christ to the seer John, prior to a study of themes in the text such as christology, eschatology, discipleship, mission and prophetic witness. The influence on the text of OT themes, Roman Imperial propaganda, and Greco-Roman theatre will also be explored.

Unit Code: BN9042W

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes


Apply exegetical methods to the text of Revelation;


Describe the development and character of Jewish and Christian apocalyptic literature


Interpret selected texts illustrative of the distinctive character of the book of Revelation;


Analyse and describe the theology of the book of Revelation (christology, eschatology, ecclesiology, missiology);


Give a coherent account of the possible social and political setting/s of the book of Revelation;


Research and write using appropriate methods and to analyse and reflect on the history of interpretation of the Book of Revelation.

Unit sequence

Foundation unit in NT (BN8001W or equivalent)


lectures, discussion, tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Critical Review

1,500 word critical review of readings

0 25.0
Seminar or Tutorial

1,500 word thematic seminar paper

0 25.0
Exegetical Essay

3,000 word exegetical essay

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Oct, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-08 08:32:29 +1100