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The woman Babylon and the marks of empire : reading Revelations with a postcolonial womanist hermeneutics of ambiveilence / Shanell T. Smith.

Smith, Shanell T., (author.).
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Subject: Bible. Revelation > Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Bible. Revelation > Feminist criticism.
Bible. Revelation > Postcolonial criticism.
Bible. Revelation > Commentaries.
Bible. Revelation.
Babylon (Extinct city) > Prophecies.
Genre: Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9781451472431
  • ISBN: 1451472439
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xii, 211 pages).
  • Publisher: Minneapolis, MN : Fortress Press ; 2014.

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General Note: Based on the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--Drew University, 2012.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-204) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Critical convergences : toward a postcolonial womanist hermeneutics -- Interpretive foundations : furthering two scholarly conversations -- The book of Revelation : texts and contexts -- The woman Babylon and the marks of empire : reading Revelation with a postcolonial womanist hermeneutics of ambiveilence.
Summary: The "Great Whore" of the Book of Revelation-the hostile symbolization used to illustrate the author's critique of empire-has attracted considerable attention in Revelation scholarship. Smith seeks to dismantle the either/or dichotomy within the "Great Whore" debate. Using postcolonial womanist interpretation of the woman Babylon, Smith highlights the simultaneous duality of her characterization-her depiction as both a female brothel slave and as an empress or imperial city. Most remarkably, however, Smith's reading also sheds light on her own ambivalent characterization as both a victim and pa.
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