Birthpangs of the New Creation: Judgment Unto Salvation in the Book of Revelation

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10756/344446
Title:
Birthpangs of the New Creation: Judgment Unto Salvation in the Book of Revelation
Authors:
Ansell, Nicholas
Other Titles:
ICS 120809/220809 W15. Birthpangs of the New Creation: Judgment Unto Salvation in the Book of Revelation; ICT37XXHS L0101 / ICT67XXHS L0101. Birthpangs of the New Creation: Judgment Unto Salvation in the Book of Revelation
Affiliation:
Institute for Christian Studies
Citation:
Ansell, Nicholas. "ICS 120809/220809 W15: Birthpangs of the New Creation: Judgment Unto Salvation in the Book of Revelation" (2015). Syllabi. Institute for Christian Studies.
Publisher:
Institute for Christian Studies
Issue Date:
Jan-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10756/344446
Type:
Syllabus
Language:
en
Description:
In our culture, “apocalypse” typically refers to a cataclysmic, catastrophic ending, real or imagined. Often this meaning, in which fear eclipses hope, is traced back to the biblical tradition. But what if the book from which we derive the term, i.e. the “Apocalypse”—or “Revelation”—of John, refers less to the end of the world than to a transition between the two Ages? What if that transition is characterized as double-edged: as both ‘the death throes of the old world order’ and ‘the birthpangs of the new creation’? Attentive to the nature of apocalyptic discourse, this course will seek to develop a key area of systematic theology by exploring the topics of death, judgment, heaven, and hell—the ‘four last things’ of traditional eschatology—as they are portrayed in the book of Revelation. In allowing intertexual and intratextual webs of meaning to emerge, we will pay special attention to the way in which Old Testament echoes, together with the book’s own symbolic coherence and narrative logic, can open up new avenues for exegesis, and for theological reflection. The topic of Final Judgment will be a special focus. How is this to be conceived in the light of the apocalyptic transition? If the first reference to Babylon in the biblical canon, the Babel narrative of Gen 11, refers to a judgment that does not bring history to an end but opens it up once again to the dissemination motif of Gen 1:28, is it possible to detect a parallel ‘judgment unto salvation’ theme in the final book of the New Testament? Our discussions will explore the interface between biblical studies, the “theological interpretation of Scripture,” and contemporary eschatology. Familiarity with New Testament Greek is an advantage but is not a prerequisite.
Keywords:
Bible. Revelation; Apocalypse; Death; Judgment; Heaven; Hell; Final judgment
Rights:
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Appears in Collections:
Syllabi 2010-2015

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dc.contributor.authorAnsell, Nicholasen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2015-02-13T15:11:59Z-
dc.date.available2015-02-13T15:11:59Z-
dc.date.issued2015-01-
dc.identifier.citationAnsell, Nicholas. "ICS 120809/220809 W15: Birthpangs of the New Creation: Judgment Unto Salvation in the Book of Revelation" (2015). Syllabi. Institute for Christian Studies.en_GB
dc.identifier.otherCourse code: ICS 120809/220809 W15en_GB
dc.identifier.otherCourse code: ICT37XXHS L0101 / ICT67XXHS L0101en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10756/344446-
dc.descriptionIn our culture, “apocalypse” typically refers to a cataclysmic, catastrophic ending, real or imagined. Often this meaning, in which fear eclipses hope, is traced back to the biblical tradition. But what if the book from which we derive the term, i.e. the “Apocalypse”—or “Revelation”—of John, refers less to the end of the world than to a transition between the two Ages? What if that transition is characterized as double-edged: as both ‘the death throes of the old world order’ and ‘the birthpangs of the new creation’? Attentive to the nature of apocalyptic discourse, this course will seek to develop a key area of systematic theology by exploring the topics of death, judgment, heaven, and hell—the ‘four last things’ of traditional eschatology—as they are portrayed in the book of Revelation. In allowing intertexual and intratextual webs of meaning to emerge, we will pay special attention to the way in which Old Testament echoes, together with the book’s own symbolic coherence and narrative logic, can open up new avenues for exegesis, and for theological reflection. The topic of Final Judgment will be a special focus. How is this to be conceived in the light of the apocalyptic transition? If the first reference to Babylon in the biblical canon, the Babel narrative of Gen 11, refers to a judgment that does not bring history to an end but opens it up once again to the dissemination motif of Gen 1:28, is it possible to detect a parallel ‘judgment unto salvation’ theme in the final book of the New Testament? Our discussions will explore the interface between biblical studies, the “theological interpretation of Scripture,” and contemporary eschatology. Familiarity with New Testament Greek is an advantage but is not a prerequisite.en_GB
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dc.publisherInstitute for Christian Studiesen_GB
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dc.subjectBible. Revelationen_GB
dc.subjectApocalypseen_GB
dc.subjectDeathen_GB
dc.subjectJudgmenten_GB
dc.subjectHeavenen_GB
dc.subjectHellen_GB
dc.subjectFinal judgmenten_GB
dc.titleBirthpangs of the New Creation: Judgment Unto Salvation in the Book of Revelationen
dc.title.alternativeICS 120809/220809 W15. Birthpangs of the New Creation: Judgment Unto Salvation in the Book of Revelationen_GB
dc.title.alternativeICT37XXHS L0101 / ICT67XXHS L0101. Birthpangs of the New Creation: Judgment Unto Salvation in the Book of Revelationen_GB
dc.typeSyllabusen
dc.contributor.departmentInstitute for Christian Studiesen_GB
dc.type.qualificationlevelMAen_GB
dc.type.qualificationlevelPhDen_GB
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