Thinking Sex with the Great Whore: Deviant Sexualities and Empire in the Book of Revelation, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Thinking Sex with the Great Whore

Deviant Sexualities and Empire in the Book of Revelation, 1st Edition

By Luis Menéndez-Antuña

Routledge

134 pages

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Description

Many scholars in Biblical and Revelation studies have written at length about the imperial and patriarchal implications of the figure of the Whore of Babylon. However, much of the focus has been on the links to the Roman Empire and ancient attitudes towards gender. This book adds another layer to the conversation around this evocative figure by pursuing an ideological critique of the Great Whore that takes into account contemporary understandings of sexuality, and in so doing advances a de-moralization of apparent sexual deviancy both in the present and in the past.

Offering an emancipatory reading of Revelation 17-18 using Foucauldian, postcolonial and queer historiographies, this study sets out alternative paths for identity construction in Biblical texts. By using these alternative critical lenses, the author argues that the common neglect of the ethical and political impact of Biblical texts in the present can be overcome. This, in turn, allows for fresh reflection on the study of the Bible and its implications for progressive politics.

Situated at the intersection of Revelation Studies, Biblical Studies and Hermeneutics, as well as Contextual/Liberationist Theologies and Queer and Postcolonial Criticism, this is a cutting edge study that will be of keen interest to scholars of Theology and Religious Studies.

Table of Contents

1 Thinking Resistance in the Age of Empire: Ethical Evaluations of the Apocalypse of John

2 Thinking Apocalyptic Resistance in the Age of Empire

3 Thinking Sex with the Whore of Revelation

4 Thinking Sex with the Whore in the Present

5 Conclusion: Manifesting Revelation among the Manifestos

About the Author

Luis Menéndez-Antuña is Assistant Professor of New Testament at the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and at the Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley, California). His interests revolve around Postcolonial, Critical Race and Queer Theories as well as Liberation Hermeneutics. He has published peer-reviewed contributions both in Spanish (Theologica Xaveriana, Revista de Ciencias de Religiones) and in English (Biblical Interpretation, Journal of Religious Ethics, Early Christianity, Critical Research on Religion).

About the Series

Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Biblical Criticism

The Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Biblical Criticism (RIPBC) series features volumes that engage substantially with Biblical literature from perspectives not traditionally associated with Biblical studies. This series aims at employing the best tools, theories, and insights from the sciences, philosophy, and beyond to yield fresh and demonstrable insights from the Biblical texts and from Biblical criticism itself.

Volumes in this series will typically have a dual emphasis between a field of study and Biblical scholarship, and accomplish at least one of the following:

  • Demonstrate why a particular field of study enables new insights in reading select biblical passages, texts, or corpora
  • Show how Biblical texts have anticipated themes and issues later approached in other disciplines, and can serve as an ancient conversation partner, or prescient critique, of those areas of study
  • Explain how a field of study offers a parallel insight into the methods or findings of Biblical criticism  

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
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RELIGION / General
REL006000
RELIGION / Biblical Studies / General
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RELIGION / Biblical Commentary / New Testament
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RELIGION / Biblical Criticism & Interpretation / New Testament
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RELIGION / Biblical Studies / Prophecy
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RELIGION / Biblical Studies / New Testament
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RELIGION / Biblical Studies / History & Culture
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RELIGION / Christian Theology / Liberation
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RELIGION / Theology
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RELIGION / Sexuality & Gender Studies