Escobedo Saint John's Bible Lecture / featuring Rev. Shanell T. Smith, Ph.D. / Feb. 3, 2021
From Liza Sanchez
The Escobedo Saint John's Bible Lecture Series presents
I Am Babylon: A Postcolonial Womanist Interpretation of the Woman Babylon in the Book of Revelation
featuring Rev. Shanell T. Smith, Ph.D.
The woman Babylon in the Book of Revelation has had more than her share of violence, both in the Christian Bible, as well as in the scholarly writings about her text. Having the name, "Babylon," she is automatically negatively perceived before one gets a chance to know her. Yet the woman Babylon is so much more than her name. She is so much more than a female-gendered metaphor for a city - representing the Roman Empire - that will be overturned by God's Empire. She just may be more akin to us than we would ever dare to imagine. By reading the woman Babylon's text from a postcolonial womanist perspective, the Reverend Dr. Shanell T. Smith (Ph.D.) will highlight the woman Babylon's simultaneous ambivalent identification as a "brothel slavewoman" and as an "empress/imperial city." She will then discuss how the woman Babylon incites tension within her because she reflects ever so sharply her continual conflicting reality of being simultaneously a victim of, and participant in, empire.
Rev. Shanell T. Smith, Ph.D.
Teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church, professional doctoral coach, institutional consultant and speaker
Smith is a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church, a professional doctoral coach, an institutional consultant and speaker. She is the author of Touched: For Survivors of Sexual Assault Like Me Who Have Been Hurt by Church Folk and for Those Who Will Care (Fortress Press, 2020), The Woman Babylon and the Marks of Empire: Reading Revelation with a Postcolonial Womanist Hermeneutics of Ambiveilence and Bible (Emerging Scholars) (Fortress Press, 2014), Today’s Prayer-Volume Two: In Jesus’ Name – A Devotional (2004) and Today’s Prayer: Volume One – A Devotional (2002). For more information, visit shanelltsmithconsulting.com, or follow her on Twitter @ShanellTSmith.