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Not as Seamless as It Seems: The Literalist's Lens

J. David Pleins

in When the Great Abyss Opened: Classic and Contemporary Readings of Noah's Flood

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199733637
eISBN:
9780199852505
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199733637.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The tale of Noah and his ark appears to be seamless as the events involved in the said tale seem straightforward and complete. Also, the timeline for the events was planned out in a very logical ... More


Not Exactly as it Happened: Historiography in the Bible

Steven L. McKenzie

in How to Read the Bible: History, Prophecy, Literature—Why Modern Readers Need to Know the Difference, and What It Means for Faith Today

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195161496
eISBN:
9780199850419
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161496.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter shows that history writing in the Bible was less concerned with what actually happened in the past and was more of a creative activity, different from what modern readers typically ... More


‘The Mother in the Hungry Grave’: Marriage, Murder, and the Maternal

H. L. Meakin

in John Donne's Articulations of the Feminine

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184553
eISBN:
9780191674297
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184553.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This chapter examines John Donne's articulations of the maternal feminine or ‘woman-for-man’ in some of his writings on marriage. It analyses Donne's references to verse twenty-four of the second ... More


The Durability of Goodness

Alan Mittleman

in Judaic Sources and Western Thought: Jerusalem's Enduring Presence

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199583157
eISBN:
9780191728952
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583157.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter argues that the Book of Genesis, both in itself and as refracted by subsequent Jewish interpretation, affirms the goodness of being. Goodness is primary (vis-à-vis evil, which is ... More


From Adam and Eve to Abraham and Sarah

Gerald O'Collins, SJ

in Salvation for All: God's Other Peoples

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199238903
eISBN:
9780191696794
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238903.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter focuses on the Book of Genesis and tells the human condition and the religious practices of Adam and Eve, Noah and his family, and the patriarch Abraham and his wife Sarah as these prove ... More


Theater of Nudity

Alessandro Vettori

in Poets of Divine Love: The Rhetoric of Franciscan Spiritual Poetry

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823223251
eISBN:
9780823240913
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823223251.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

In 1205 Francis of Assisi stood naked before the people and naked before God. This publicly is a crucial occurrence in the Saint's life that later became a cultural icon of the Franciscan movement. ... More


Reflections on the Covenant with Noah

James Barr

in Covenant as Context: Essays in Honour of E. W. Nicholson

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199250745
eISBN:
9780191697951
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250745.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter presents an essay on God's covenant with Noah in the story of the Flood in the Bible. There has not been much interest in this covenant and some studies have suggested that the whole ... More


Jacob: Israel’s Heroic Body

Brian R. Doak

in Heroic Bodies in Ancient Israel

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780190650872
eISBN:
9780190650902
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190650872.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Chapter 2 illustrates how Jacob’s body functions as the most active, visible, and frequently represented body among the ancestors in Genesis 12–50, and it provides analysis for understanding how and ... More


Holy ‘Outsiders’

Gerald O'Collins, SJ

in Salvation for All: God's Other Peoples

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199238903
eISBN:
9780191696794
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238903.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter highlights several outsiders who are remembered with respect for what they did in priestly, prophetic, or other ways. From the Book of Genesis and beyond, the names of Noah, Melchizedek, ... More


Creatures and Cosmopolitans: Before “the Animal”

Laurie Shannon

in The Accommodated Animal: Cosmopolity in Shakespearean Locales

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226924168
eISBN:
9780226924182
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226924182.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

Charles Darwin’s work laid out his case for a “community of descent” between humans and animals in 1871. For years, there were two major resources that converged to shape the notion of “the ... More


The Art of Creaturely Life: A Question of Human Propriety

Norman Wirzba

in Being-in-Creation: Human Responsibility in an Endangered World

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780823264995
eISBN:
9780823266876
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823264995.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Norman Wizba responds to Jean-Luc Nancy’s questions “who comes after the subject?” He does so by suggesting that “creatureliness is a more faithful and compelling rendition of human life than… modern ... More


Genesis 2: Marriage and Family

J. Andrew Dearman

in Reading Hebrew Bible Narratives

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780190246488
eISBN:
9780190246525
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190246488.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The creation account in Genesis 2 contains an etiology of marriage and family and is also part of the larger introduction in Genesis 1–3 to the later (literarily speaking) habitable world outside the ... More


Praying and Preying

Aparecida Vilaça

in Praying and Preying: Christianity in Indigenous Amazonia

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780520289130
eISBN:
9780520963849
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520289130.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion

Chapter 5 continues the analysis of a properly Wari’ notion of conversion, turning here to the notion of an opening to the other and the interest in adopting the other’s perspective. The foray into ... More


Descent with Modification: Ideology and Strategy in Antievolutionism

Jeffrey P. Moran

in American Genesis: The Evolution Controversies from Scopes to Creation Science

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780195183498
eISBN:
9780190254629
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195183498.003.0005
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This chapter traces the strong continuities in antievolutionist ideology and then charts the strategic flexibility antievolutionists have developed in defending this vision. It discusses ... More


The Creation of Unformed Matter

Thomas Aquinas and Richard J. Regan

in The Power of God: by Thomas Aquinas

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199914395
eISBN:
9780190258351
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199914395.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This Question attempts to reconcile the rational analysis of the creation of the world, the rational soul, and angels in Question 3 with the first chapter of the Book of Genesis. It provides answers ... More


Reading Hebrew Bible Narratives

J. Andrew Dearman

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780190246488
eISBN:
9780190246525
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190246488.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The narrative traditions in the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible are classical and canonical accounts in Western society and can be interpreted as historical dramas, using multiple methods of literary and ... More


Moloch: Adi (and Eve): Fear Eats the Soul

Jeremi Szaniawski

in The Cinema of Alexander Sokurov: Figures of Paradox

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231167352
eISBN:
9780231850520
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231167352.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter reviews the film Moloch (1999). Moloch is about a day in the life of Eva Braun and Adolf Hitler, circa 1942. The film serves as a dark parody of the book of Genesis, specifically the ... More


Introduction: Dust and Signs

Nathan Lyons

in Signs in the Dust: A Theory of Natural Culture and Cultural Nature

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780190941260
eISBN:
9780190941291
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190941260.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This introductory chapter sets up the core question of Signs in the Dust: how is cultural meaning related to natural materiality? How is culture related to nature? A brief orientation is given to the ... More


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