Apocalypticism: Language, Theology, Politics

Apocalyptic movements have flourished, from time to time, throughout history. In this interdisciplinary course, we study apocalyptic beliefs and streams of thought, from biblical times through the Middle Ages and into modern times. We investigate apocalypticism with regard to its mythological roots, linguistic expressions, and theological development, as well as it’s ethical and political use. We examine texts with apocalyptic features from different eras using tools from cognitive metaphor theory, philosophy and the history of ideas, political rhetoric, and film analysis. The course provides an in-depth understanding of apocalypticism as an historical phenomenon and as a literary, theological, and political means of expression.

Efter kursen förväntas studenten:

  • demonstrate knowledge of apocalypticism as an historical, literary, and theological phenomenon, its background, development, and change
  • demonstrate understanding of current research on apocalypticism in both the past and the present, as well as insight into political and esthetic aspects of apocalypticism
  • demonstrate the ability to identify underlying world-views and values in apocalyptic currents, and assess the theological and ethical implications of contemporary apocalyptic expression
  • demonstrate the ability to read and examine apocalyptic texts using linguistic, theological, and philosophical analytical tools, and be able to present and discuss findings orally and in writing

Collins, John J., 1998 (1984): The Apocalyptic Imagination: An Introduction to Jewish Apocalyptic Literature. Second edition. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans (283 p).

The Encyclopedia of Apocalypticism. 2000. Vol. 1: The Origins of Apocalypticism in Judaism and Christianity. Edited by John J. Collins. New York/London: Continuum. P. 3-38, 267-302, 345-414 (142 p).

Horsley, Richard A., 2012: The Prophet Jesus and the Renewal of Israel: Moving Beyond a Diversionary Debate. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. P. 1-64 (64 p).

Horsley, Richard A., and Tiller, Patrick A., 2012: After Apocalyptic and Wisdom: Rethinking Texts in Context. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books. P. 230-279 (50 p).

Keller, Catherine, 2005 (1997): Apocalypse Now and Then: Feminist Guide to the End of the World. Minneapolis: Fortress Press. P. 1-83, 140-180, 224-310 (209 p).

Osborn, Ronald E., 2010: Anarchy and Apocalypse: Essays on Faith, Violence, and Theodicy. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books (155 p).

Visions of the End: Apocalyptic Traditions in the Middle Ages. 1998 (1979). Edited by Bernard McGinn. New York: Columbia University Press. P. 1-36, 95-221 (163 p).

Primary texts and some articles, 100 p.

Kurslitteraturen reviderades senast 19 mars 2013.

Schemat finns tillgängligt senast en månad innan kursen startar. Vi rekommenderar inte att du skriver ut schemat eftersom vissa ändringar kan ske.

Öppna schemat

Thomas Kazen

Professor, pastor


Jayne Svenungsson


Susanne Wigorts Yngvesson




U = Underkänd, G = Godkänd, VG = Väl godkänd


  • Hemtentamen
  • PM
  • Seminarier

Grundläggande behörighet.
Kurser i teologi 60 hp, varav minst 15 hp från fortsättningsnivå.

Fastställd av Ämnesföreträdarkollegiet vid Enskilda Högskolan Stockholm den 19 mars 2013.