When the Great Abyss Opened : Classic and Contemporary Readings of Noahs Flood - Pleins, J.David

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

J.David Pleins

Yayınevi: Oxford University Press

Yayın tarihi: 01/2010

ISBN: 9780199733637

İngilizce | 256 Sayfa | 151 mm x 228 mm

Tür: Din / Mitoloji

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What does the story of the Flood mean to us and why does it so stir the collective imagination? When the Great Abyss Opened examines the history of our attempts to understand the Flood, from medieval Jewish and Christian speculation about the physical details of the ark to contemporary efforts to link it to scientific findings. Unraveling the mythical dimensions of the parallel Mesopotamian flood stories and their deeper social and psychological significance, J. David Pleins also considers the story's positive uses in theology and moral instruction. Noah's tale, however, has also been invoked as a means of justifying exclusion, racism, and anti-homosexual views. Pro-slavery advocates, for example, used the story of Noah's Curse on Ham's son Canaan to rationalize the enslavement of Africans. Throughout this expansive and lively book, Pleins sheds new light on our continuing attempts to understand this ancient primal myth. Noah's Flood, he contends, offers a unique case study that illuminates the timeless and timely question of how fact and faith relate.

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