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8. Face-ing the Nations: Becoming a Majority Empire of God - Reterritorialization, Language, and Imperial Racism in Revelation 7:9-17


 
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1. Title Title of document 8. Face-ing the Nations: Becoming a Majority Empire of God - Reterritorialization, Language, and Imperial Racism in Revelation 7:9-17 - Critical Theory and Early Christianity
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Sharon Jacob; Phillips Seminary;
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religion; Philosophy
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) Gilles Deleuze; Early Christian Thought; Critical Theory; minority languages; language of empire; Revelation 7
 
5. Subject Subject classification Early Christian Thought; History of Ideas; Critical Theory
 
6. Description Abstract Sharon Jacob’s chapter, “Face-ing the Nations and Becoming a Majority Empire of God: Reterritorialization, Language, and Imperial Racism in Revelation 7:9-17,” illustrates the ways in which linguistic imperialism helps construct a homogenous subjectivity of the colonized other in the empire. Using D&G’s theories on deterritorialization, reterritorialization, facialization, and language to interpret Revelation 7:9-17, Jacob suggests that the image of the nations speaking in one language constructs them into pliable, compliant, recognizable, and comprehensible entities. At the same time, the insertion of heterogenous nations into a single, unified, homogenous vision of the empire of God can be viewed as the beginnings of the nationalistic vision of the divine empire of God. The new divine order “is a multinational, multicultural, multilinguistic multitude that speaks in one language. The facialization of these nations, illustrated through an overt and deliberate reterritorialization of their language and dress, racialized in order to familiarize, constructs a nationalized vision where only one nation, speaking one language, wearing one dress, gathers to worship only the one and true God.”
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 28-Oct-2022
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/30151
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.30151
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Critical Theory and Early Christianity
 
16. Language English=en English
 
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) 4th Century CE; contemporary
 
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