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Sumptuous clothing and ornamentation in the Apocalypse

Dietmar Neufeld
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 58, No 2 | a567 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v58i2.567 | © 2002 Dietmar Neufeld | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 October 2002 | Published: 17 December 2002

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Dietmar Neufeld, University of British Columbia, Canada

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Using different categories of social psychology on body decoration and dress, this article examines the author’s course of shifting political, moral, religious and
eschatological values as reflected in the clothing and ornamentation motifs deployed in the narrative of the Apocalypse. The article focuses on questions such
as the eschatological values betrayed by  the author’s deployment of clothing and ornamentation themes, the meaning adduced from the passages in the Apocalypse
where body surface is taken seriously, ancients’ connection of clothing and body decoration with the person and society, and the social values reflected by dress and
ornamentation, such as honour/shame, status, boundaries, and identity personally and collectively.  


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