Editor’s Note: The following review essays engage Jacqueline M. Hidalgo’s 2016 volume, Revelation in Aztlan: Scriptures, Utopias, and The Chicano Movement. They were first presented at a book review session of the Latino/a and Latin American Biblical Interpretation Group at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting in Boston in November 2017. Three of the five presentations, as well as a response from the author, Professor Hidalgo, were revised and submitted to Perspectivas for this book review “roundtable.” The three reviewers, Professors Jean-Pierre Ruiz, Lynn R. Huber and Roberto Mata, each took a different perspective on Professor Hidalgo’s study on the complexities of reading scriptures as “homing devices” for communities in stress. Hidalgo’s book focuses on the community that produced the early Christian text, the Apocalypse of John, in dialogue with Chicanx communities of the 1960s and 70s, who “scripturalized” their own apocalyptic text, El Plan de Aztlán. We invite you to engage each of these review essays along with Jacqueline Hidalgo’s response to them.
The following three essays are part of the Perspectivas on a Book: Roundtable Review Essays of Revelation in Aztlán: Scriptures, Utopias, and the Chicano Movement by Jacqueline M. Hidalgo (New York: Palgrave Macmillan Press, 2016):