about account add arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up back-arrow register-arrow book-mobile book categories chat-bubble-mobile chat-bubble close college contact-us credit-card drag email-square facebook-mobile facebook-square facebook faq film history home load modal-error person pinterest-square play-mobile play queue remove resume search share show star tick trailer trash twitter-mobile twitter-square twitter university warning warning youtube-square open-eye close-eye promo-tag tag check info info active

The Harlot and the Imperial Economy

Lecture no. 10 from the course: The Apocalypse: Controversies and Meaning in Western History

The Harlot and the Imperial Economy

Taught by Professor Craig R. Koester | 32 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Philosophy & Religion Courses

Encounter Babylon the harlot, one of the most remarkable figures in the Apocalypse. She symbolizes the city of Rome in all its ancient opulence. Two literary forms useful for understanding John's metaphor are satire and the obituary. John is both satirizing Rome's decadence and sounding its death knell.


April 30, 2016