- List of Contributors
- What Is Apocalyptic Literature?
- Apocalyptic Prophecy
- The Inheritance of Prophecy in Apocalypse
- Wisdom and Apocalypticism
- Scriptural Interpretation in Early Jewish Apocalypses
- Apocalyptic Literature and the Study of Early Jewish Mysticism
- Dreams and Visions in Early Jewish and Early Christian Apocalypses and Apocalypticism
- Social-Scientific Approaches to Apocalyptic Literature
- Jewish Apocalyptic Literature as Resistance Literature
- Apocalypse and Empire
- A Postcolonial Reading of Apocalyptic Literature
- The Rhetoric of Jewish Apocalyptic Literature
- Early Christian Apocalyptic Rhetoric
- Deconstructing Apocalyptic Literalist Allegory
- Apocalyptic Determinism
- Apocalyptic Dualism
- Apocalyptic Ethics and Behavior
- Apocalypse and Torah in Ancient Judaism
- Apocalypticism and Christian Origins
- Descents to Hell and Ascents to Heaven in Apocalyptic Literature
- Apocalypses among Gnostics and Manichaeans
- The Imagined World of the Apocalypses
- Messianism as a Political Power in Contemporary Judaism
- Apocalypticism and Radicalism
- Apocalypse and Violence
- Apocalypticism in Contemporary Christianity
- Apocalypse and Trauma
- Apocalypticism and Popular Culture
- Scriptural and Ancient Texts
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
Postcolonial analysis is a promising approach to the study of ancient history in general and biblical texts in particular. It addresses questions of the construction of cultural identity, particularly the concept of “hybridity.” Of particular interest in postcolonial analysis is the impact of unequal power within societies of mixed backgrounds. This chapter examines Jewish apocalyptic literature based on particular aspects of postcolonial analysis and considers a specific aspect of apocalyptic imagery that has received somewhat limited attention in the literature: the appearance of strange mixed species creatures dubbed “mixed monsters” in a number of apocalyptic visions. It discusses how monster theory is related to postcolonial analysis, mixed monsters in Jewish apocalypticism, and whether the lexicography of the monstrous in the Bible sheds light on the significance of the mixed monsters.
Daniel L. Smith-Christopher is Professor of Old Testament at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he is also Director of Peace Studies. Among his publications are the commentary on "Daniel" for the New Interpreter's Bible Commentary and A Theology of Exile.
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