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Scripturalizing Revelation: An African American Postcolonial Reading of Empire
Darden, Lynne St. Clair

Atlanta: SBL Press, 2015 pp. 208. $29.95

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Description: Dardenís reading of Revelation examines John the Seerís 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 Seerís 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.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Revelation, Literature, Methods, Ideological Critique, African-American Approaches

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Review by Lynn Huber
Published 6/28/2017
Citation: Lynn Huber, review of Lynne St. Clair Darden, Scripturalizing Revelation: An African American Postcolonial Reading of Empire, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2017).

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