The 13th quantity during this landmark sequence examines the Revelation of John throughout the different types of post-colonial suggestion, deconstruction, ethics, Roman social discourse, masculinization, virginity, and violence. The achieve of this quantity as a result is going past that of such a lot feminist reports of Revelation, which often specialize 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 withstand the (masochistic? infantile?) self-abasement prior to 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 by means of looking his political and social place; others will condone, if now not absolutely comprehend, how the Apocalypse grants convenience to these present process persecution or deprivation.
Some readers could reject the coercive points of a decision among spending eternity in compliment of the divine or being 'tortured' with hearth and sulfer; others may well celebrate of their personal salvation whereas believing that these being tortured deserve each soreness causing upon them; nonetheless others might use mimicry or parody or anachronistic analogy to problem, defang, or change John's message. What we discover in the back of the veil might be attractive, or terrifying, or either, yet we can't dodge our eyes: John's imaginative and prescient is just too influential at the present time, in our personal political weather, to not search for ourselves.
The Feminist better half to the Apocalypse of John comprises contributions through 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 entire bibliography.