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This is the introductory chapter of the book In the Name of God, which addresses the use of the Bible to justify imperial power as well as a source of resistance for those subjected to that power. Yvonne Sherwood examines the 'sprawling and heterogeneous acts of biblicization' undertaken amongst rhetoricians of the sixteenth century Spanish Empire in connection with its forays into the New World, comparing it to the fractiousness and diversity of the biblical text itself and contrasting it to the simplified, homogenized 'telegraph Bible' of the later British Empire. The book also deals with the British Empire proper: In 'The Armies of Gog, the Merchants of Tarshish, and the British Empire', Andrew Mein examines nineteenth century millenarian interpretations of the Gog of Magog prophecy, making sense of their eschatologically-coloured interpretations of Gog as Russia and Britain as Tarshish in the lead up to the Crimean War.

Keywords: Andrew Mein; Bible; British Empire; Gog of Magog prophecy; sixteenth century Spanish Empire; Yvonne Sherwood

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