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Scripturalizing Revelation : an African American postcolonial reading of empire

Author: Lynne St Clair Darden
Publisher: Atlanta : SBL Press, [2015]
Series: Semeia studies, no. 80.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A fresh contribution to the growing body of New Testament scholarship on empire, both ancient and modern. Darden’s reading of Revelation examines John the Seer’s rhetorical strategy, in general, and imperial cult imagery in chapters 4 and 5, in particular, through the lens of an African American scripturalization supplemented by postcolonial theory. The scripturalization proposes that John the Seer’s signifyin(g) on  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lynne St Clair Darden
ISBN: 9781628370881 1628370882 9781628370874 1628370874
OCLC Number: 900799366
Description: xiii, 194 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: African American scripturalization : signifyin(g) and collective cultural memory --
'Almost the same but not quite like' : postcolonial theory through an African American lens --
The strangeness of home : African American identity signified in the (postcolonial) Middle Passage --
Reconceptualizing Revelation : standard scholarship on the Book of Revelation in conversation with an African American scripturalization perspective --
Signifyin(g) a Heavenly Empire : an African American scripturalization of the Heavenly Throne Room scenes in Revelation.
Series Title: Semeia studies, no. 80.
Responsibility: Lynne St. Clair Darden.

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A fresh contribution to the growing body of New Testament scholarship on empire, both ancient and modern. Darden’s reading of Revelation examines John the Seer’s rhetorical strategy, in general, and imperial cult imagery in chapters 4 and 5, in particular, through the lens of an African American scripturalization supplemented by postcolonial theory. The scripturalization proposes that John the Seer’s signifyin(g) on empire demonstrated that he was well aware of the oppressive nature of Roman imperialism on the lives of provincial Asian Christians. Yet, ironically, John reinscribed imperial processes and practices. Darden argues that African American biblical scholarship must now attend adequately to these complex cultural negotiations lest it find itself inadvertently feeding the imperial beast. Features: 1)Relates the potential for African American cooption by the U.S. Empire to the cooption by the Roman Empire both thematized and performed in Revelation. 2)Book-length study on postcolonial African American biblical hermeneutics. 3)A reading supplemented by postcolonial theory that better addresses the hybridity of African American identity. (Publisher).

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