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 proposal, deconstruction, ethics, Roman social discourse, masculinization, virginity, and violence. The achieve of this quantity for that reason is going past that of so much feminist reports of Revelation, which often concentrate on 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 a good time on the dismemberment of the Woman-who-is-Babylon; they're going to face up to the (masochistic? infantile?) self-abasement earlier than this imperial Deity who principles by means of 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 no longer absolutely condone, John's rhetoric by means of looking his political and social situation; others will condone, if now not absolutely comprehend, how the Apocalypse supplies convenience to these present process persecution or deprivation.
Some readers may possibly reject the coercive features 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 might use mimicry or parody or anachronistic analogy to problem, defang, or change John's message. What we discover at the back of the veil could be appealing, or terrifying, or either, yet we can't sidestep our eyes: John's imaginative and prescient is simply too influential this present day, in our personal political weather, to not search for ourselves.
The Feminist better half to the Apocalypse of John comprises contributions by way 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 creation through Amy-Jill Levine and a entire bibliography.
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