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Making Sense of Revelation and Apocalyptic Literature
- Course Dates: Mon 16 March 2020, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
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This course explores the range of apocalyptic texts produced by early Jews and Christians, including revelation, 4 Ezra, 1 Enoch, Apocalypse of Peter, and others.
Revelation is perhaps the best-known apocalypse since it is the only example of its genre to make it into the biblical canon. But the first and second centuries produced a wealth of apocalyptic texts, including Revelation, 4 Ezra, 1 Enoch, Apocalypse of Peter, and many more. The reasons why this genre enjoyed such a surge in popularity is tied up with questions about the validity of empire, the scope of individual and corporate violence, gender, and the very possibility of a divine presence in the world. Topics covered will include persecution, empire, gendered violence, and prophecy. This course provides a foundation in reading, analysing, and comparing apocalyptic literature in its cultural and political contexts, and provides space for thinking about what has brought about a resurgence of the genre in contemporary media.