• Most scholarship of the last few decades on the book of Revelation has focused on its
    colonial conditions and heated, even forceful, political engagement, making conflicting
    conclusions about to what extent it “reproduces” or “resists” imperial ideology. Of particular
    focus has been the striking image of the lamb on the throne, an image that
    ambiguously imparts both conquest and victimhood. This essay builds on and steps to
    the side of this work by addressing the image of the lamb on the throne as an expressive
    and emotionally, rather than ideologically, ambivalent image. Placing this image alongside
    other affectively rich spectacles in Revelation’s context, I suggest that the enthroned
    lamb gives voice to conflicted feelings about imperial life: attachment and loss, extravagant
    dreams of sovereignty and victory, as well as the painful realities of vulnerability
    and subjection, all in complex inter-implication.