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DR 301B / DR 351B
HEAVENS, SEERS AND THE END: APOCALYPTICISM AND THE NEW TESTAMENT
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr J Leonhardt-Balzer

Pre-requisite(s): Available to students at level 3 or 4 only. Students of non-DRS subjects are required to get permission from the course co-ordinator prior to admission.

Note(s): This course will be available as DR 351B in 2012/13.

'Things can't go on the way they are!' This sentiment as well as a deeply rooted hope that God's plan and the heavenly realm are going to interact with the world to make things better for the faithful are the basic convictions behind apocalyptic thought. Apocalyptic thought is an important feature of most New Testament writings; apocalyptic motifs occur in almost every New Testament text. This course studies the difference between apocalypticism and the apocalyptic genre as well as specific examples: Jewish and Christian. Apocalyptic motifs and genre in the New Testament writings, Revelation as well as apocalyptic features of the Pauline letters or the Gospels, are addressed and compared with Jewish apocalypses current in NT times, eg. Daniel, 1Enoch, 4Ezra. In this way the place of early Christianity among the apocalyptic movements of the first century becomes apparent.

2 one-hour seminars per week.

1st Attempt: 1 essay of 2,500 words (30%); 1 oral presentation in class (10%); 1 two-hour exam (60%).

Admission to the exam depends on the submission of all coursework and each item's assessment at CAS 6 or above.

Resit: 1 two-hour exam (100%).

Admission to the exam depends on the submission of all coursework and each item's assessment at CAS 6 or above.