Daniel, Resistance, Apocalypticism (3)

Field: Old Testament
Unit Code(s): BA2200T (Class-based Intensive)
Unit value: 15 points
Level: Undergraduate (level 3)
Delivery mode: Face-to-face
Prerequisites: Introduction to Old Testament and Introduction to New Testament 
Content: This unit offers a reading of Daniel as resistance literature. We will examine the historical and literary setting of Daniel by locating it alongside other Jewish apocalyptic literature, both canonical and non-canonical, and explore the rise of apocalypticism within Judaism, its relationship to prophecy, and apocalyptic themes and theology. We will also examine the impact of Jewish apocalyptic thought on the New Testament and beyond, including the ways apocalyptic ideas continue to shape religious and political discourse today manifest in movements such as the US religious right and ISIS.
Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:


  • Analyse and situate Daniel within its historical and literary context
  • Articulate the major theological themes, images, and terms associated with the apocalyptic worldview of Daniel and other contemporary Jewish apocalypses
  • Explain a passage from Daniel employing appropriate exegetical methods
  • Evaluate the way in which apocalyptic language and images are used in contemporary discourse
  • Compare the theological emphases of Daniel to other prophetic texts of the Old Testament.
  • oral presentation in class (1,000 words) (25%)
  • daily journal (1,000 words equivalent) (25%)
  • exegetical essay of 2,500 words (50%)
Recommended Reading:

* recommended for purchase

* NRSV Study Bible

Brett, Mark. Political Trauma and Healing: Biblical Ethics for a Postcolonial World. Michigan: Eerdmans, 2016.  

Carey, Greg. Ultimate Things: An Introduction to Jewish and Christian Apocalyptic Literature. St. Louis, Mo: Chalice Press, 2005.

Collins, John, Daniel (Hermeneia). Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1993.

Collins, John J., ed. The Oxford Handbook of Apocalyptic Literature. Oxford Handbooks. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Duguid, Iain M. Daniel. Phillipsburg, N.J: P & R Publishing, 2008.

Goldingay, John E. Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 30, Daniel. Waco, TX: Thomas Nelson, 1989.

Newsom, Carol A., and Brennan W. Breed. Daniel: A Commentary. First edition. The Old Testament Library. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2014.

Portier-Young, Anathea E., and John J. Collins. Apocalypse against Empire: Theologies of Resistance in Early Judaism. Reprint edition. Eerdmans, 2014.

* Seow, C. L. Daniel. 1st ed. Westminster Bible Companion. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2003.

 Lecturer: The Revd Dr Robyn Whitaker
 Timetable: Offered in 2017 as a class-based Intensive: 26 June – 30 June 2017 (five days)

An accommodation package is available at Trinity for this unit.