By Amy-Jill Levine,Maria Mayo Robbins
The 13th quantity during this landmark sequence examines the Revelation of John during the different types of post-colonial idea, deconstruction, ethics, Roman social discourse, masculinization, virginity, and violence. The succeed in of this quantity hence is going past that of such a lot feminist stories of Revelation, which regularly specialise in the feminine imagery: the Thyatiran prophet referred to as 'Jezebel', the 'Woman Clothed with the Sun', the 'Whore of Babylon', and the 'Bride'/the 'Heavenly Jerusalem'. The symbols of Revelation stay open and interpetations proceed. a few readers will refuse to have fun on the dismemberment of the Woman-who-is-Babylon; they are going to face up to the (masochistic? infantile?) self-abasement earlier than this imperial Deity who ideas via patriarchal domination. Others will finish that those descriptions are 'only' metaphors, separate shape from substance, and worship the transcendent to which the metaphors imperfectly aspect. a few readers will comprehend, if now not totally condone, John's rhetoric through looking his political and social position; others will condone, if no longer absolutely comprehend, how the Apocalypse delivers convenience to these present process persecution or deprivation.
Some readers might reject the coercive facets of a call among spending eternity in compliment of the divine or being 'tortured' with fireplace and sulfer; others could have a good time of their personal salvation whereas believing that these being tortured deserve each ache causing upon them; nonetheless others may possibly use mimicry or parody or anachronistic analogy to problem, defang, or substitute John's message. What we discover at the back of the veil might be appealing, or terrifying, or either, yet we can't sidestep our eyes: John's imaginative and prescient is simply too influential this day, in our personal political weather, to not search for ourselves.
The Feminist significant other to the Apocalypse of John contains contributions by means of David L. Barr, Mary Ann Beavis, Greg Carey, Adela Yarbro Collins, Lynn R. Huber, Catherine Keller, John Marshall, Stephen Moore, Jorunn Økland, Hanna Stenström, Pamela Thimmes, and Carolyn Vander Stichele. there's an advent by way of Amy-Jill Levine and a accomplished bibliography.
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