(J ST 122, RL ST 122)
Apocalypse and Beyond (3) This course surveys apocalyptic literature and apocalyptic movements from the ancient Near East to the modern world.
CAMS (J ST/RL ST) 122 Apocalypse and Beyond (3)
(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.
This course offers a scholarly survey of apocalyptic literature and apocalyptic imagination about the end of the world, from its beginnings in the ancient Near East and the Bible to some examples from the modern world. The course will cover three areas: 1) the ancient literary genre of apocalypse in the Near East; 2) apocalyptic writings in the Jewish and Christian traditions (especially the books of Daniel and Revelation in the Bible, and the Qumran Dead Sea Scrolls), as well as within Islam, which generated Western apocalyptic thinking throughout the ages; and 3) some historical examples and discussion of the sociological underpinnings of apocalyptic groups in the medieval to modern periods. Additional attention will be paid to the impact that apocalyptic worldviews have had on the secular world, especially in the fine arts and cinema.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.