A Girardian Reading of Violent Imagery in Revelation

Ambrose Seminary thesis
René Girard's theories on the mimetic relationship between violence and religion and the genesis and maintenance of culture have had a profound impact on many disciplines. The Colloquium on
Violence and Religion gathers scholars across a wide range of fields including theology and biblical studies to study Girard’s work. In the past, scholars have used Girard's ideas to interpret and reinterpret Old and New Testaments texts; however, the body of work using Girard as a critical lens to read Revelation is minimal. This thesis attempts to use biblical scholarship alongside Girard's theories to build a constructive reading of Revelation. A brief sketch of Girard's work is followed by an analysis of the structure and genre of Revelation. The body of the thesis interprets violent passages, selected to represent the structure of Revelation, through Girard's work to develop a non-violent reading of the text.


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