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Humor, Resistance, and Jewish Cultural Persistence in the Book of Revelation

Roasting Rome

Humor, Resistance, and Jewish Cultural Persistence in the Book of Revelation

Roasting Rome

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Hardback

£75.00

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781108496599
Number of Pages: 246
Published: 09/01/2020
Width: 15.8 cm
Height: 23.5 cm
Empire-critical and postcolonial readings of Revelation are now commonplace, but scholars have not yet put these views into conversation with Jewish trauma and cultural survival strategies. In this book, Sarah Emanuel positions Revelation within its ancient Jewish context. Proposing a new reading of Revelation, she demonstrates how the text's author, a first century CE Jewish Christ-follower, used humor as a means of resisting Roman power. Emanuel uses multiple critical lenses, including humor, trauma, and postcolonial theory, together with historical-critical methods. These approaches enable a deeper understanding of the Jewishness of the early Christ-centered movement, and how Jews in antiquity related to their cultural and religious identity. Emanuel's volume offers new insights and fills a gap in contemporary scholarship on Revelation and biblical scholarship more broadly.

Sarah Emanuel (Colby College, Maine)

Sarah Emanuel is currently Faculty Fellow of Biblical Studies at Colby College, Maine. Her work has been published in Studia Patristica, Biblical Interpretation, The Bible and Critical Theory, and the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament. She is a forum board member at Feminist Studies in Religion, Inc., a Regional Scholar finalist, and a Global Innovation Grant recipient.

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