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Divine BodiesResurrecting Perfection in the New Testament and Early Christianity$
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Candida R. Moss

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780300179767

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300179767.001.0001

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(p.89) 4 Aesthetics
Divine Bodies

Candida R. Moss

Yale University Press

This chapter uses the white garments given to the saints in the book of Revelation to probe the importance of aesthetics, social status and class in depictions of heaven. It argues that the shining garments of Revelation are encoded with systems of wealth and privilege and that depictions of the resurrection, similarly, are bound up in cultural assumptions that link beauty and wealth.

Keywords:   Aesthetics, Social status, Class, Revelation, Heaven, Afterlife

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