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date: 25 October 2020

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Despite much scholarship on Revelation’s feminine imagery, there has been limited attention to how the narrative as a whole participates in constructing the gender identity of its audience(s). Situated within a historical and social context in which ideal personhood was imagined in masculine terms, however, this gender identity is best understood in terms of masculinity, albeit a complexly imagined and anti-imperial masculinity, and as John’s attempt at “making men.” Revelation’s appropriation of the dominant culture’s discourses about masculinity serve as a tool for resisting that culture’s portrayal of the true man as one who succeeds in competition and who finds success in marrying and bearing children. Therefore, John undoes the gender expectations of his context, as he presents his audience a new model for being ideal men, ideal followers of the Lamb.

Keywords: Revelation, female imagery, masculinity, Great Whore, bath-gymnasium, visions, 144,000, virgin, the Lamb

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