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Details for Revelation

The paper will provide students with the exegetical tools needed to allow them to interpret and apply the message of John’s apocalypse.  We will explore the contours of John’s thought and message, situating them within the world of the Greco-Roman empire and the rapidly growing phenomenon of early Christianity.  We will  also explore the history, theology and the significance of this literary piece for contemporary discipleship.    


Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Paper code: BIB355
  • Credit points: 15
  • Total workload hours per week: 10
  • Number of timetabled hours per week: 4 *

* Note: Papers with reduced contact hours (such as those taught in Intensive format) will have an increased assessment component.

Prerequisites

BIB102 – Introduction to the New Testament

The following courses are prerequisites:

The paper Revelation is part of the subject area Biblical Studies and is offered as a part of the following Awards: Bachelor of Contemporary Ministry (New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)).

Paper Content

Curriculum Objective

The paper will provide students with the exegetical tools needed to allow them to interpret and apply the message of John’s apocalypse.  We will explore the contours of John’s thought and message, situating them within the world of the Greco-Roman empire and the rapidly growing phenomenon of early Christianity.  We will  also explore the history, theology and the significance of this literary piece for contemporary discipleship.   

Outcomes

Students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of the background, content and theological motifs of the book of Revelation.
  2. Compare and assess critical understanding of key scholarship surrounding the book of Revelation.
  3. Apply exegetical skills to provide sustained and extended argument on the interpretation of the book of Revelation.  
  4. Evaluate the book of Revelation and its implications for addressing contemporary issues and spiritual formation 

Subject Content

1. Features of apocalyptic Literature  

2. The socio-cultural context of the book of Revelation

3. Theological reflections on ethical issues in this piece of literature

4. Literary and hermeneutical issues in the book of Revelation

5. Contemporary approaches and positions regarding the book of Revelation

6. Using the book of Revelation in the context of ministry  

7. Exegetical analysis and application of selected passages 

This course may be offered in the following formats

Face to face, e-learning, intensive

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

Book Review (20%, 1000 words); Contemporary Presentation (30%,1500 words), Essay (50%, 2500 words)

Prescribed Text

 R. Bauckham, The Theology of the Book of Revelation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993. 

Representative References

Aune, David E. Revelation. 3 vols. WBC 52A, 52B, 52C. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1997–1998. 
Bauckham, Richard J. The Theology of the Book of Revelation. NTT. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993. 
Beale, G. K. The Book of Revelation: A Commentary on the Greek Text. NIGTC. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999. 
Boring, Eugene. Revelation. Interpretation. Louisville: John Knox, 1989. 
Boxall, Ian. The Revelation of St. John. BNTC. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2006. 
Caird, G. B. A Commentary on the Revelation of St. John the Divine. HNTC. New York: Harper, 1966. 
deSilva, David. Seeing Things John’s Way: The Rhetoric of the Book of Revelation. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2009. 
Gorman, Michael J. Reading Revelation Responsibly: Uncivil Worship and Witness; Following the Lamb into the New Creation. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2011. 
Hemer, C. J. The Letters to the Seven Churches of Asia. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000. 
Keener, Craig S. Revelation. NIVAC. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2000. 
Koester, Craig. Revelation and the End of All Things. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001. 
Kraybill, J. Nelson. Apocalypse and Allegiance: Worship, Politics and Devotion in the Book of Revelation. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2010. 
Osborne, Grant R. Revelation. BECNT. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2002. 
Reddish, Mitchell. Revelation. SHBC. Macon, GA: Smyth & Helwys, 2001. 
Resseguie, James L. The Revelation of John: A Narrative Commentary. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009. 
Schüssler-Fiorenza, Elisabeth. Revelation: Vision of a Just World. PC. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1991. 
Thomas, John Christopher and Frank D. Macchia. Revelation. THNTC. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016.  
Journals:
Journal for the Study of the New Testament
Currents in Biblical Research
Interpretation
New Testament Studies
Catholic Biblical Quarterly