516 Book Reviews / Biblical Interpretation 16 (2008) 501-518 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/156851508X328215 Empire and Apocalypse: Postcolonialism and the New Testament . By Stephen D. Moore. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2006. Pp. x + 160. The main thrust of Stephen D. Moore’s Empire and Apocalypse is to serve as an introduction to the field of postcolonial biblical criticism as well as to apply postcolonial conceptual categories upon various early Christian texts. His book is not a neatly wrapped-up “exegetical” reading of certain early Christian texts for all to consume; rather, it shows—at times subtlety—how postcolonial biblical criticism sheds new and creative light on the New Testament. With a focus on empire and its relationship to apocalypse, Moore exposes the New Testament’s colonial inclinations and embeddings. Strongly informed by the poststructuralist tradition, Moore brings postcolonial sensibilities to bear upon three early Christian texts: Mark, John, and Revelation. The book comprises of five chapters, with the first and fourth chapter serving as introductions to the field of postcolonial biblical criticism, and the second, third, and fifth devoted to the texts under examination. Chapter 1 (“ ‘And So We Came to Rome’: Mapping Postcolonial Biblical Criticism”) traces the
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