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Armor, Peace and Gladiators: A Visual Exegesis of Ephesians 6:10-17

Canavan, Rosemary (2017) Armor, Peace and Gladiators: A Visual Exegesis of Ephesians 6:10-17. In: The Art of Visual Exegesis: Rhetoric, Texts, Images. Emory Studeis in Early Christianity(19), eds. Robbins,, Vernon; Jeal, Roy R and Melion, Walter S. SBL Press, Atlanta, pp. 241-267. ISBN 9781628371727

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Abstract

Ephesians 6:10–17 employs clothing and armour imagery to the spiritual struggle of the faith communities. A growing field of interpretation looks to the systematic interpretation of such imagery in relation to and dialogue with the socio-political visual landscape. For my part I wish to engage the iconographic panorama of the cities in which the biblical texts are written, heard and read to further illuminate the meaning of the text. In this paper, using an adapted socio-rhetorical method I engage a visual exegesis of the clothing and armour images in Eph 6:10–17 in light of a gladiator graveyard in Ephesus and the context of Pax Romana in Asia Minor. Through this visual exegesis I examine the schema of visual images and investigate how the spectacle of gladiatorial combat and the sculpted panorama or imperial iconography informs, critiques and interacts with the metaphorical images in the biblical text

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Ephesians, Sociorhetorical method, visual exegesis
Fields of Research: 21 History and Archaeology > 2199 Other History and Archaeology > 219999 History and Archaeology not elsewhere classified
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Applied Research
Subjects: B - New Testament
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Mr Mark Carey
Date Deposited: 02 May 2017 23:19
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2019 03:06
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2855

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