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Bachelor of Ministry and Theology (Honours) BMinTh (Hons)


Arts & Theology



First Advisor

Robert McIver

Second Advisor

Ross Cole


220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)


This thesis explores the special significance of wisdom in apocalyptic literature. Its investigation of the apocalyptic texts of Daniel, Revelation, 2 Baruch, 4 Ezra, 1 Enoch and other selected passages, reveals insights into the way wisdom in the symbolic universe associated with the apocalyptic worldview.

These insights have been gained through a thorough concordance study that has been undertaken on "wisdom". The Hebrew and Greek terms associated with wisdom have been analysed in terms of lexical semantics, attributions, and messianic themes. The resultant data have been presented in visual form in order to highlight each characteristic of wisdom. This is accompanied by a step-by-step analysis and discussion in separate profiles: firstly by each division of apocalyptic, then attribution, and finally themes. The summary of each of these profiles identifies key points relating to the issues of judgement and Christian wisdom.

This study demonstrates a strong connection between wisdom and a number of related themes - in particular themes which focus on the need for obedience and acknowledgement of God’s power and authority. These are further connected to prophetic themes such as interpretation, as well as the promise of end-time reward and the warning of end-time trials and suffering. By submitting themselves to God, believers are granted wisdom to prepare for the coming Messiah. Wisdom is not only the granting of special vision and interpretation, but also the assurance of future reward through obedience and righteous living. Through careful analysis, this study challenges previous notions of wisdom and its relationship to justice, as well as expands on recent studies on Christian wisdom.


A print copy of this thesis is held in the Avondale College Library (SC Theses 220.046 H32).

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