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Who Rides the Beast?Prophetic Rivalry and the Rhetoric of Crisis in the Churches of the Apocalypse$
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Paul B. Duff

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195138351

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019513835X.001.0001

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The Out‐Of‐Control Female

The Out‐Of‐Control Female

John's Use of Gender Stereotypes

(p.97) 8 The Out‐Of‐Control Female
Who Rides the Beast?

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John uses the issues of food and sex to continue his indirect denunciation of “Jezebel.” He focuses on these issues in the passages that feature female characters in order to connect the activities of “Jezebel” (ɛιδωλόθυτα and πορνɛία) to “Babylon's” heinous acts focused on eating (cannibalism) and sex (promiscuity). John also uses gender stereotypes (specifically that women are weak, undisciplined, emotional, and ultimately dangerous) to suggest that his rival, a woman, is unfit to lead the churches.

Keywords:   πορνɛία, ɛιδωλόθυτα, cannibalism, promiscuity, Babylon, food, gender stereotypes, Jezebel, sex

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