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Cain, Abel, and brutism

Kalman P. Bland

in Scriptural Exegesis: The Shapes of Culture and the Religious Imagination: Essays in Honour of Michael Fishbane

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199206575
eISBN:
9780191709678
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206575.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Judaism

This chapter explores Maimonides' claims about the lack of humanity in Cain and Abel, and the bestial nature of all humankind. Drawing on bible, midrash, philosophy, and kabbalistic sources, the ... More


Homicide And Vengeance

Jonathan Burnside

in God, Justice, and Society: Aspects of Law and Legality in the Bible

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199759217
eISBN:
9780199827084
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759217.003.0008
Subject:
Law, Public International Law

This chapter shows how biblical law distinguishes between premeditated, spur of the moment, and accidental homicide, and thus tries to strike a particular balance between harm and culpability. ... More


Sweetening Judgment

Melila Hellner-Eshed

in Seekers of the Face: Secrets of the Idra Rabba (The Great Assembly) of the Zohar

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9781503628427
eISBN:
9781503628588
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9781503628427.003.0022
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter explores the idraic myth of the birth of Cain and Abel and their archetypal role, the birth of Seth, and finally the ideal coupling of the divine male and female.


How Should One Read the Early Chapters of Genesis?

Walter Moberly

in Reading Genesis after Darwin

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195383355
eISBN:
9780199870561
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383355.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, History of Christianity

In the light of the enormous weight attached to the early chapters of Genesis in the history of biblical interpretation and in debates between science and religion over matters of origins, it is ... More


Tragical Mimesis and Biblical Interpretation I: Primitive Tragedies in Genesis

Paul M. Blowers

in Visions and Faces of the Tragic: The Mimesis of Tragedy and the Folly of Salvation in Early Christian Literature

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780198854104
eISBN:
9780191888458
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198854104.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter moves straightaway into the first, and foundational, form of early Christian tragical mimesis, the interpretation of tragic (and tragic-comic) biblical narratives. “Dramatic” ... More


The Conglomerative Voice: Cain and Abel

Lois Gordon

in Reading Godot

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300092868
eISBN:
9780300132021
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300092868.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter relates Samuel Beckett's work to the biblical story of Cain and Abel. Waiting for Godot retells in a conglomerative voice, the tale of Cain and Abel, who are primal archetypes of ... More


The Formation of Narratives about Adam and Eve’s Descendants (Genesis 4)

David M. Carr

in The Formation of Genesis 1-11: Biblical and Other Precursors

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
June 2020
ISBN:
9780190062545
eISBN:
9780190062576
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190062545.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

The chapter opens with a survey of the extensive parallels between Genesis 2–3 and the story of Cain and Abel. Though some such parallels probably emerge from the modeling of elements in Genesis 4 on ... More


Biblical Violence in Catholic and Calvinist Tragedy

Michael Meere

in Onstage Violence in Sixteenth-Century French Tragedy: Performance, Ethics, Poetics

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
November 2021
ISBN:
9780192844132
eISBN:
9780191926877
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192844132.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter analyzes biblical violence in Catholic and Calvinist tragedy by examining dramatic adaptations of the stories of Cain and Abel and David and Goliath. Thomas Lecoq’s Tragédie de Cain ... More


Precursors to the Eden Narrative (Gen 2:4b–3:24)

David M. Carr

in The Formation of Genesis 1-11: Biblical and Other Precursors

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
June 2020
ISBN:
9780190062545
eISBN:
9780190062576
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190062545.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

This chapter offers a diachronically informed synchronic reading of the Garden of Eden story (Gen 2:4b–3:24) as a complex meditation on a mix of themes surrounding human identity and mortality that ... More


“A Covenant of Death”

James P. Byrd

in A Holy Baptism of Fire and Blood: The Bible and the American Civil War

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780190902797
eISBN:
9780190902827
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190902797.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Many southerners celebrated the war’s beginning. Others spoke in somber tones. Opinions flew in all directions after Sumter’s fall, as Americans reflected on what the war would mean. One constant ... More


Melancholy and Community

in Terms of the Political: Community, Immunity, Biopolitics

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780823242641
eISBN:
9780823242689
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823242641.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

Chapter 2 begins by placing these two seemingly contradictory terms in relation: only individuals may be melancholic, and they are so precisely because of their isolation, asociality, or distance ... More


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