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Reading Metaphor in John's Apocalypse

by Lynn R. Huber;

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Like a Bride Adorned

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The phrase ďlike a bride adornedĒ 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 Revelationís metaphorical language is simple adornment, Huber argues that Revelationís persuasive power resides within the textís metaphorical nature and she articulates a method for exploring how Revelation employs metaphor to shape an audienceís thought.
In order to gain a sense of how metaphorical language works in Revelationís highly metaphorical text,"Like a Bride Adorned:Ē Reading Metaphor in Johnís Apocalypse engages one set of conceptual metaphors in relation to Revelationís literary and social-historical milieu. Specifically, Huber explores the conceptual metaphors undergirding Revelationís nuptial or bridal imagery. Positioned at the culmination of the textís, nuptial imagery serves as one the textís final and arguably one of its most important characterizations of the Christian community.

Examining the function of Revelationís nuptial imagery involves investigating how the text redeploys conventional metaphorical constructions used in the writings of the Hebrew prophets and how its imagery engages Greco-Roman depictions of women, weddings, and brides. Discourse about marriage and family was such an important part of Revelationís historical context, especially as it was shaped by the Roman Empire, that any discussion of the textís nuptial imagery must examine how it reflects and responds to this discourse. By addressing these questions, we see that Revelationís nuptial imagery serves to further the textís goal of shaping Christian identity in opposition to the social demands of the Roman Empire. Moreover, exploration of the conceptual metaphors undergirding Revelationís "bride adornedĒ reveals how John seeks to shape Christian identity as a transitional identity. Through metaphor, Revelation encourages its audience to envision the Christian community as a bride who constructs ďherĒ own identity as she transitions into a new role in relation to God and the Lamb.

Through the process of exploring Revelationís nuptial imagery with insights gained from conceptual metaphor theory, we uncover the ways that John employs metaphorical language to persuade his audienceís thought about themselves and about others. Consequently, this work contributes both to our understanding of the textís nuptial imagery and to our knowledge of how Revelation employs metaphor as tool for persuasion.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Reading through the ďVeil of Obscurity:Ē Interpreting Revelationís Imagistic Language
Chapter 2: KNOWING IS SEEING: Theories of Metaphor Ancient, Medieval, and Modern
Chapter 3: Envisioning the City as a Woman: A Metaphorical Framework in the Jewish Literary Traditions
Chapter 4: Unveiling the Bride: Nuptial Traditions and Roman Social Discourse
Chapter 5: ďAlleluia . . . the wedding of the Lamb has come:Ē Reading Revelationís Nuptial Imagery
Chapter 6: ďLike a Bride Adorned:Ē Reading Metaphor in Revelation
Appendix Babylon--A City without a Bride: Revelation 18:23


Lynn R. Huber is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Elon University in Elon, North Carolina.

Like a Bride Adorned by Lynn R. Huber was published by Continuum in August 2007 and is our 56235th best seller. The ISBN for Like a Bride Adorned is 9780567026743.

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Page last updated 15th May 2017
Author / Artist
Book Formatpaperback
PublisherContinuum (August 2007)
Number of Pages232
Thickness12 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code1004346
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