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

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

  • Publication planned for: March 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from March 2020
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108496599

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  • 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.

    • Includes readings of the book of Revelation that combine multiple contemporary critical lenses, for example humor theory, trauma theory and postcolonial theory, with traditional historical-critical ones
    • Highlights historically the Jewishness of the early Christ-centered movement and how Jews in antiquity related to their Jewishness
    • Provides readings that are both 'with' and 'against' the grain of Revelation scholarship
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    'Meticulously researched and delightfully written, Sarah Emanuel's book offers an original, intriguing and entertaining interpretation of the book of Revelation. Emanuel deftly combines trauma, humor and postcolonial theories to uncover a Hellenistic Jewish book that deploys comic sarcasm and mockery of Rome as a Jewish survival tactic for a traumatized community. This is a must read for anyone who has puzzled over the meaning behind the strange beasts and violent burnings of Revelation.' Colleen M. Conway, Seton Hall University, New Jersey

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    • Publication planned for: March 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108496599
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from March 2020
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Backgrounds, backdrops, and other important starting points
    2. Survival of the humorist
    3. The comic truth
    4. The trick revealed
    5. I pledge allegiance to the lamb
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    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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