5ET332 Apocrypha and Apocalypse, 7.5 Credits
Apocrypha and Apocalypse, 7.5 Credits
Biblical Studies
Spring 2019/2020 Jan - Mar (w04-w13). Daytime 50 % at Campus Bromma. Language English.
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Entry requirements
General entry requirements for bachelor's level studies. 60 ECTS credits in theology, including a minimum of 7,5 credits from Old testament or New testament Readings.
Education Level
First cycle
During the Second Temple period, a large number of Jewish texts, representing a wide variety of genres, were produced in Hebrew as well as in Aramaic and Greek. These texts were never included in the emerging canon of the Hebrew Bible, although some received a place in the Greek Old Testament and a few made their way into other Christian traditions. The role of these apocryphal texts in early Judaism and Christianity alike is often underestimated. In this course, a selection of apocryphal texts is studied with special emphasis on their continuity and relationship with earlier and later Jewish and Christian Scripture. Their specific traits and theologies are analyzed and their influence on Jewish and Christian tradition is highlighted. Special emphasis is given to the apocalyptic genre, its mythological roots, and the beliefs and streams of thought it represents. Texts with apocalyptic features are analyzed with the help of cognitive metaphor theories and with philosophy of religion models for the use and function of mythopoetic language.
At the end of the course, the student is expected to:
• clearly account for the roots of apocryphal literature, its relationship to Jewish and Christian Scripture, and its role in the development of early Jewish and Christian tradition and theology
• be able to analyze apocryphal texts, especially in view of their social, political, and religious contexts
• display good understanding of the state of research regarding apocalypticism as genre and phenomenon
• demonstrate ability to read and investigate apocalyptic texts with mythopoetic models and metaphor theory, focusing particularly on world views and values.
Collins, John J., 2016 [1984]. The Apocalyptic Imagination: An Introduction to Jewish Apocalyptic Literature. 3 uppl. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. (352 s)
Horsley, Richard A., 2012. The Prophet Jesus and the Renewal of Israel: Moving Beyond a Diversionary Debate. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. S. 1-­64. (64 s)
Nickelsburg, George W. E., 2005. Jewish Literature Between the Bible and the Mishnah: A Historical and Literary Introduction. 2 uppl. Minneapolis: Fortress. (344 s) ) (Boken finns att köpa för nedladdning: https://www.logos.com/product/15718/jewish-literature-between-the-bible-and-the-mishnah)

Primärtexter och artiklar (170 s).
Thomas Kazen, Åke Viberg
Exam Types
Take-home examination, Papers.
Grading Types
A = Excellent, B = Very good, C = Good, D = Satisfactory, E = Sufficient, FX = Insufficient, F = Insufficient
Additional Directives
Attendance at lectures and seminars is mandatory at Stockholm School of Theology.
Confirmed by the Theology Faculty Board at University College Stockholm 2015-12-15
Literature revised 2017-10-11
Revised 2017-02-22