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Whore of Babylon

The Whore of Babylon or Babylon the Great is a symbolic female figure and place of evil mentioned in the Book of Revelation in the Bible. Her full title is stated in Revelation 17 as Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Prostitutes and Abominations of the Earth; the "great whore" of the Book of Revelation is featured in chapter 17: — Revelation 17:1–18 See also: Revelation 17:1, Parallel Translations The Whore is associated with the Antichrist and the Beast of Revelation by connection with an evil kingdom. The word "Whore" can be translated metaphorically as "Idolatress"; the Whore's apocalyptic downfall is prophesied to take place in the hands of the image of the beast with seven heads and ten horns. There is much speculation within Christian eschatology on what the Whore and beast symbolize as well as the possible implications for contemporary interpretations; some scholars interpret ` Babylon' as being based on historical events. Many Biblical scholars believe that "Babylon" is a metaphor for the pagan Roman Empire at the time it persecuted Christians, before the Edict of Milan in 313.

Some biblical scholars recognize that “Babylon” is a cipher for Rome or the Roman Empire but believe Babylon is not limited to the Roman city of the first century. Craig Koester says outright that “the whore is Rome, yet more than Rome.” It “is the Roman imperial world, which in turn represents the world alienated from God.” James L. Resseguie says that Babylon “is not a representation of the Roman Empire.” It is “the city of this world” and a cipher for “the tyrannical ways of evil.” The phrase is referencing some aspect of Rome's rule. Some exegetes interpret the passage as a scathing critique of a servant people of Rome who do the Empire's bidding, interpreting that the author of Revelation was speaking of the Herodians—a party of Jews friendly to Rome and open to its influence, like the Hellenizers of centuries past—and corrupt Hasmoneans, where the ruler of Jerusalem or Roman Judea exercised his power at the pleasure of the Roman emperor, was dependent on Roman influence, like Herod the Great in the Gospel of Luke.

In 4 Ezra, 2 Baruch and the Sibylline Oracles, "Babylon" is a cryptic name for Rome. Reinhard Feldmeier speculates. In Revelation 17:9 it is said that she sits on "seven mountains" understood as the seven hills of Rome. A Roman coin minted under the Emperor Vespasian depicts Rome as a woman sitting on seven hills. According to the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, "The characteristics ascribed to this Babylon apply to Rome rather than to any other city of that age: as ruling over the kings of the earth, it refers to an apostate false queen, a former "bride", unfaithful and who though she has been divorced and cast out because of unfaithfulness, continues to falsely claim to be the "queen" of the spiritual realm. This symbolism did not fit the case of Rome at the time. Proponents of this view suggest that the "seven mountains" in Rev 17:9 are the seven hills on which Jerusalem stands and the "fall of Babylon" in Rev 18 is the fall and destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. Several Old Testament prophets referred to Jerusalem as being a spiritual harlot and a mother of such harlotry.

Some of these Old Testament prophecies, as well as the warnings in the New Testament concerning Jerusalem, are in fact close to the text concerning Babylon in Revelation. This suggests that John of Patmos may well have been citing those prophecies in his description of Babylon. For example, in Matthew 23:34–37 and Luke 11:47–51, Jesus himself assigned all of the bloodguilt for the killing of the prophets and of the saints to the Pharisees of Jerusalem. In Revelation 17:6 and 18:20,24 identical phrasing is used in charging that same bloodguilt to Babylon; this is bolstered by Jesus' statement that "it's not possible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.". In the most common medieval view, deriving from Augustine of Hippo's The City of God and Jerusalem referred to two spiritual cities which were spiritually at war with one another, throughout all of history:Babylon is interpreted confusion, Jerusalem vision of peace.... They are mingled, from the beginning of mankind mingled they run on unto the end of the wor

Guwahati Theatre Festival

Guwahati Theatre Festival is an annual theatre festival held in Guwahati city of Assam state, India. The festival is organized by an English-language weekly tabloid newspaper in Guwahati; the festival aims to provide a platform to performing groups to showcase their productions before a new audience in the Guwahati city and North East region. The festival was started in 2016 by G Plus; the inaugural festival began on 23 September 2016, featured Kalki Koechlin, Saurabh Shukla, Neil Bhoopalam, Rajat Kapoor, Vinay Pathak, Jim Sarbh, Sadiya Siddiqui, Shernaz Patel, Dolly Thakore and Achint Kaur. The maiden festival featured globally acclaimed play Hamlet - The Clown Prince, directed by Rajat Kapoor and The Vagina Monologues written by Eve Ensler. Other plays staged during the festival was The Living Room, 2 to Tango 3 to Jive, The Vagina Monologues, The Truth of Womanhood, One on One; the second edition of Guwahati Theatre Festival commenced on 1 November 2017, featured Bollywood actors Rajat Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Vinay Pathak, Ranvir Shorey, Arundhati Nag.

The festival featured plays like Quasar Padamsee's Mother Courage and Her Children, Alyque Padamsee's Broken Images, The Gentlemen’s Club aka Tape by Sheena Khalid, Vikram Phukan, Puja Sarup, Rachel D'souza. The event presented two plays based on William Shakespeare's works, What's done is done, Piya Behrupia by Mumbai based two theatre production houses; the Guwahati Theatre Festival conducts workshops for school and college students in various areas of theatrics in collaboration with Brahmaputra Foundation and supported by North Eastern Council, Ministry for Development of North Eastern Region. The third season of Guwahati Theatre Festival was held from 16 November to 18 November 2018; the festival featured plays like Laughter Therapy, played by Bollywood actors like Mona Singh, Siddharth Merchant, Danesh Khambata, Danesh Irani and Sajeel Parakh and Hindi escape drama, Detective 9-2-11, directed by Atul Kumar, featured actors like Neil Bhoopalam and Sukant Goyel. It featured a solo show, Foreign Body, by artist Imogen Butler-Cole from London about hope and forgiveness after sexual assault and Stories in a Song, directed by Sunil Shanbag.

The festival organised a theatre workshop, conducted by Namit Das and Atul Kumar Khamakar, attended by more than 60 school students. The festival constitutes the Life in a Theatre Award, given out to Kulada Kumar Bhattacharjee in 2016 and posthumously to Padma Shri awardee Arun Sarma in 2017; the Life in a Theatre Award, 2018 was posthumously presented to Sukracharjya Rabha for his contribution in the field of theatre direction. Audi, Ballantine's, State Bank of India were the main sponsors of The Guwahati Theatre Festival 2016; the second edition in 2017 was sponsored by Apollo Hospitals, Indian Oil, Ballantine's and Hastakshar. The third edition in 2018 was supported by Apollo Hospitals, North East Small Finance Bank, Mahindra & Mahindra and Indian Oil. Metropolis Asia Alcheringa Cinema of Assam List of theatre festivals Official website

Seo Sook-hyang

Seo Sook-hyang is a South Korean television screenwriter. She made her writing debut after 나의 가장 사랑스러운 적 won at a KBS drama-writing competition and was aired in December 2002 on the single-episode anthology Drama City. Seo became best known for writing low-key romantic comedy-dramas, notably Pasta, which focuses on an arrogant chef at an Italian restaurant and his meek yet determined underling, she continued to collaborate with Pasta TV director Kwon Seok-jang on Miss Korea. Greasy Melo Don't Dare to Dream Miss Korea Romance Town Pasta Lawyers of the Great Republic of Korea aka Love and Law Mr. Goodbye Rebirth: Next Drama City "쑥과 마늘에 관한 진실" Drama City "오줌장군" Drama City "나의 가장 사랑스러운 적" Seo Sook-hyang at HanCinema