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Fall 2018-2019
* REL 342 / JDS 343 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Apocalypse: The End of the World and the Secrets of Heaven in Ancient Judaism and Christianity

Martha Himmelfarb

This course studies the rich corpus of revelations about end of the world, the fate of souls after death, the secrets of the cosmos, and God's heavenly abode in ancient Judaism and Christianity by placing them in their historical contexts and considering them in relation the development of Judaism and Christianity from the Hebrew Bible through late antiquity. Among the works to be considered are 1 Enoch (an anthology of ancient Jewish apocalypses about the antediluvian patriarch), Daniel (Hebrew Bible), Revelation (New Testament), early Christian tours of hell and paradise, and the early Jewish mystical work 3 Enoch (Sefer Hekhalot).

Sample reading list:
Nickelsburg and VanderKam, 1 Enoch
Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha
García Martínez, The Dead Sea Scrolls Translated
Collins, Apocalyptic Imagination
Himmelfarb, The Apocalypse: A Brief History

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading assignments will focus on primary texts, which require careful attention; secondary reading will be kept brief. Two short papers (5-7 pages), focusing on a primary text, due at midterm and Dean's date. Take-home final exercise. Class participation.

Take Home Final Exam - 35%
Papers - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23359 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   Scheide Caldwell House   203   Enrolled:12 Limit:15