Apocalyptic Literature

The Distillery Season 3

In this episode, Anathea Portier Young discusses how apocalyptic literature functions both as a valuable resource of theological imagination and as a form of political resistance. She explains how the unusual imagery so characteristic of the genre pushes and emboldens its readers to break out of conventional ways of thinking and in turn imagine new, daring possible realities.

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Portier Young Anathea


Anathea Portier-Young is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Duke Divinity School and holds degrees from Yale, Graduate Theological Union, and Duke University. She is the author of the award-winning book Apocalypse against Empire: Theologies of Resistance in Early Judaism (Eerdmans, 2011), and is co-editor with Greg Sterling of a forthcoming volume entitled Scripture and Justice (Rowman, 2018). Her current book project, Prophecy in the Body, locates embodied experience at the heart of ancient Israelite and Judean prophecy. Dr. Portier-Young co-teaches a course on Preaching from the Old Testament and is a frequent contributor to the website workingpreacher.org.

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