Jacqueline M. Hidalgo is Professor of Latina/o/x Studies and Religion as well as Associate Dean for Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Williams College. A past president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS), she is the author of Latina/o/x Studies and Biblical Studies in Brill Research Perspectives inBiblical Interpretation 3.4 (2020), as well as Revelation in Aztlán: Scriptures, Utopias, and the Chicano Movement (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). With Efraín Agosto, she also co-edited the collection of essays Latinxs,the Bible, and Migration (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).
For several Latina writers, apocalypse as both revelation and catastrophe appears as an unavoidable framework that echoes across time, a framework shaping the past and future whose ultimacy must also be upended. Apocalypses large and small continue, but not all truths are disclosed equally and some endings—and the meanings they should yield—are abrupt but never ultimate.
After a year when too many of us have mourned the tragic and untimely losses of loved ones (and raged at our governments for their roles in exacerbating these crises), I found another perspective on grief and change in Muñoz’s depiction of otherwiseness and a fable about a cockroach.
Biblical scholars could yield profound insights into the deep and dangerous ways the Bible has been employed in the Doctrine of Discovery and Manifest Destiny. They might also have to reckon with the role of biblical scholarship in justifying imperialism.