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Like a Bride Adorned: Reading Metaphor in John's Apocalypse
Huber, Lynn R.

New York: T & T Clark, 2007 pp. x + 221. $78.00

Series Information
Emory Studies in Early Christianity, 10


Description: The phrase "like a bride adorned" is one of the ways Revelation describes the new Jerusalem which descends from heaven. This phrase can also be read as describing one of the ways interpreters historically have understood the relationship between Revelation and its metaphorical language. In contrast to views that suggest Revelation's metaphorical language is simple adornment, Huber argues that Revelation's persuasive power resides within the text's metaphorical nature and she articulates a method for exploring how Revelation employs metaphor to shape an audience's thought. Through the process of exploring Revelation's nuptial imagery with insights gained from conceptual metaphor theory, we uncover the ways that John employs metaphorical language to persuade his audience's thought about themselves and about others. Consequently, this work contributes both to our understanding of the text's nuptial imagery and to our knowledge of how Revelation employs metaphor as tool for persuasion.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Revelation, Literature

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Review by Tobias Nicklas
Published 3/14/2009
Citation: Tobias Nicklas, review of Lynn R. Huber, Like a Bride Adorned: Reading Metaphor in John's Apocalypse, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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