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Unauthorized Biography: The Legend of Nimrod and His Tower

Stephen R. Haynes

in Noah's Curse: The Biblical Justification of American Slavery

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195142792
eISBN:
9780199834280
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195142799.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter reviews the history of biblical interpretation with regard to Nimrod (Ham's grandson through Cush), who is described in Genesis 10:6–12 as “a mighty hunter before the Lord.” The roots of ... More


Beyond Slavery, Beyond Race: Noah's Camera in the Twentieth Century

Stephen R. Haynes

in Noah's Curse: The Biblical Justification of American Slavery

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195142792
eISBN:
9780199834280
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195142799.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter traces the way Noah's curse has been interpreted by Christians seeking to establish the relevance of Genesis 9–11 in a post‐Civil Rights age. While race steadily receded into the ... More


The Broad Dissemination of Torah: “The Torah is not the heritage of only one place”

David Greenstein

in Roads to Utopia: The Walking Stories of the Zohar

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780804788335
eISBN:
9780804789684
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804788335.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

Analysis of an extensive walking story shows the Zohar's awareness of the controversial nature of its commitment to walking. Rabbi Abba encounters the mystical devotees of Kfar Tarsha. Unlike ... More


Architecture in Kant’s Thought: The Metaphor’s Genealogy

Daniel L. Purdy

in On the Ruins of Babel: Architectural Metaphor in German Thought

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801476761
eISBN:
9780801460050
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801476761.003.0004
Subject:
Architecture, Architectural Theory and Criticism

This chapter traces the genealogy of the Tower of Babel metaphor in metaphysical interpretations of architecture, and more specifically examines the Kantian appropriation of the metaphor. In the ... More


Aftermath to the Flood: Layers in the Coverage of Noah’s Descendants in Gen 9:18–11:9

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/9780190062545.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

Much like the flood narrative that preceded it, the survey of Noah’s postflood offspring in Gen 10:1–11:9 appears to have been the conflation of a well-preserved Priestly overview of Noah’s sons ... More


Richard Verstegan and the Symbol of Babylon in the Early Modern Period

Deirdre Serjeantson

in Beyond Greece and Rome: Reading the Ancient Near East in Early Modern Europe

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780198767114
eISBN:
9780191821301
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198767114.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

By the early modern period, the city of Babylon was in ruins, but it continued to loom large in the imagination. This chapter takes the English recusant printer, polemicist, and spy Richard Verstegan ... More


Reversing the Heritage of Babel: Visions of Religious and Linguistic Renewal in Seventeenth–Century Europe

Patrick M. Erben

in A Harmony of the Spirits: Translation and the Language of Community in Early Pennsylvania

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807835579
eISBN:
9781469601342
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807838198_erben.7
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter probes the spiritual and linguistic meanings of Babel. The account of the Tower of Babel and the confusion of languages is primarily designated a spiritual event. Linguistic and ... More


From the Hara to the ‘Imara: Emerging Urban Metaphors in the Literary Production on Contemporary Cairo1

Diane Singerman

in Cairo Contested: Governance, Urban Space, and Global Modernity

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9789774162886
eISBN:
9781617970351
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:
10.5743/cairo/9789774162886.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

This chapter argues that the Egyptian literati, particularly through fiction, have played a very important role “vis-à-vis the collectivity as underground historians of the city whose narratives ... More


Logic and Knowledge: The Babel Fallacy

Andrew Steane

in Science and Humanity: A Humane Philosophy of Science and Religion

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780198824589
eISBN:
9780191863370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198824589.003.0005
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

An error of logic is described, and dubbed the Babel Fallacy. This is the fallacy of claiming that one already knows that a given low-level language is adequate to support the expression of a given ... More


The Non-P Primeval History: Layers and Dating

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/9780190062545.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

This chapter surveys two main levels in the non-Priestly primeval history. The first is an originally independent primeval history that likely started with the Garden of Eden story and concluded with ... More


The Hebrew Bible: Genesis and the Book of Job

Jon Stewart

in The Emergence of Subjectivity in the Ancient and Medieval World: An Interpretation of Western Civilization

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
February 2020
ISBN:
9780198854357
eISBN:
9780191888632
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198854357.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

Chapter 2 presents an account of the nature of the Old Testament or the Hebrew Bible. This includes a brief analysis of its historical context, tradition, and authorship. It treats a few episodes ... More


What Is Diversity?

Mona Sue Weissmark

in The Science of Diversity

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
June 2020
ISBN:
9780190686345
eISBN:
9780197522912
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190686345.003.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology

This introductory chapter traces the history of ideas about race and human classification systems, from the bible to the Classical period and on to the first “scientific” attempts to rank differences ... More


Haman in the Qur’ān

Adam J. Silverstein

in Veiling Esther, Unveiling Her Story: The Reception of a Biblical Book in Islamic Lands

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780198797227
eISBN:
9780191838712
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198797227.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This chapter asks whether the “Haman” who appears six times in the Qur’an is the same “Haman” who appears in Esther as the story’s villain. As the Qur’an’s Haman collaborates with Pharaoh in Egypt, ... More


The Quest for Pure Language

Samuel Morris Brown

in Joseph Smith's Translation

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
June 2020
ISBN:
9780190054236
eISBN:
9780190054267
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190054236.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Modern philosophical positions have restricted or eliminated the power and scope of the “language beyond language” once thought to have existed at the origins of the world. In this view, mortal ... More


The Rebirth of Poetics

Andrew Hui

in The Poetics of Ruins in Renaissance Literature

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780823273355
eISBN:
9780823273393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823273355.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter traces the genealogy of the immortality of poetry topos from antiquity to the sixteenth century. It argues that the Renaissance poetics of ruins’s yearning for timelessness is ... More


“To Read the Round of Eternity”: Speech, Text, and Scripture in The Book of Mormon

Samuel Morris Brown

in Americanist Approaches to The Book of Mormon

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190221928
eISBN:
9780190221959
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190221928.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature, Church History

The Book of Mormon is concerned with, among other things, the nature of language. Participating in ancient debates about the relative strengths and weaknesses of oral versus written language, The ... More


From Catastrophe to Consummation

Jason Rosenhouse

in Among the Creationists: Dispatches from the Anti-Evolutionist Frontline

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199744633
eISBN:
9780190267827
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199744633.003.0025
Subject:
Biology, Ecology

In this chapter, the author considers the views of creationists about Genesis. He describes his tour of the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky. Designed and built by the Answers in Genesis, the ... More


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