Prophetic Rivalry, Gender, and Economics 978-3-16-155651-7 - Mohr Siebeck
Theology

Olivia Stewart Lester

Prophetic Rivalry, Gender, and Economics

A Study in Revelation and Sibylline Oracles 4–5

[Prophetische Rivalität, Geschlecht und Wirtschaft. Eine Untersuchung zur Offenbarung und den Sibyllinischen Orakeln 4–5.]

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Olivia Stewart Lester reconsiders the theme of prophetic rivalry in Hellenistic Jewish, early Christian, and surrounding ancient Mediterranean texts by examining true and false prophecy at the intersections of interpretation, gender, and economics in Revelation and Sibylline Oracles 4–5.
Olivia Stewart Lester examines true and false prophecy at the intersections of interpretation, gender, and economics in Revelation, Sibylline Oracles 4–5, and contemporary ancient Mediterranean texts. With respect to gender, these texts construct a discourse of divine violence against prophets, in which masculine divine domination of both male and female prophets reinforces the authenticity of the prophetic message. Regarding economics, John and the Jewish sibyllists resist the economic actions of political groups around them, especially Rome, by imagining an alternate universe with a new prophetic economy. In this economy, God requires restitution from human beings, whose evil behavior incurs debt. The ongoing appeal of prophecy as a rhetorical strategy in Revelation and Sibylline Oracles 4–5, and the ongoing rivalries in which these texts engage, argue for prophecy's continuing significance in a larger ancient Mediterranean religious context.
Authors/Editors

Olivia Stewart Lester Born 1984; 2007 BA, Southeastern University; 2010 MDiv and 2011 STM, Yale Divinity School; 2017 PhD, Yale University; currently John Fell Postdoctoral Fellow, Oriel College, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford; Visiting Scholar, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies.
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6493-3876

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: Reading Religion — http://readingreligion.org/books/prophetic-rivalry-gender-and-economics (10/2019) (Miguel M. Vargas)
In: New Testament Abstracts — 63 (2019), S. 166
In: Review of Biblical Literature — https://www.bookreviews.org/ (5/2019) (Jonathan Groce)
In: Journal for the Study of the NT — 41.5 (2019), S. 92–93 (Matthew V. Novenson)