The Book of Revelation is a highly symbolic, political and justice-oriented text that speaks to a range of ancient and contemporary issues. This unit offers a close exegetical study of the Revelation in its historical and political setting. Particular attention will be given to the visual context of Revelation, noting how the author of Revelation utilizes and critiques ancient statuary, visual rhetoric and imperial iconography to expose evil and offer an alternate vision of God’s reign. A Greek tutorial stream will be provided for students with Greek.

Unit Code: BN9130P

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Explain and articulate the characteristics of Judeo-Christian apocalyptic literature with particular reference to Revelation


Identify and describe the main theological motifs in Revelation


Describe the socio-political setting of Revelation and analyze the use of images in promoting political and religious ideology


Apply exegetical tools to critically interpret Revelation


Apply research skills to synthesis and critically evaluate theological themes in Revelation and their relevance for the contemporary church and/or world

Unit sequence

At least 2 units (30 points) of biblical studies or permission of the lecturer


Lectures, seminars, discussion, visual images


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Exegetical Essay

Exegetical Essay (2500 words)

0 40.0

Thematic Essay OR Investigation of Material Culture (2500 words)

0 40.0
Seminar or Tutorial

Tutorial presentation / Online Forum (1000 words equivalent)

0 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 2 Oct, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-08 14:50:19 +1100