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Melville's bibles

Author: Ilana Pardes
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, [2008]
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
Many writers in antebellum America sought to reinvent the Bible, but no one, Ilana Pardes argues, was as insistent as Melville on redefining biblical exegesis while doing so. In Moby-Dick he not only ventured to fashion a grand new inverted Bible in which biblical rebels and outcasts assume center stage, but also aspired to comment on every imaginable mode of biblical interpretation, calling for a radical  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Commentaries
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Herman Melville; Herman Melville; Herman Melville; Herman Melville; Melville; Melville; Herman Melville; Herman Melville
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ilana Pardes
ISBN: 9780520254541 0520254546 9780520254558 0520254554
OCLC Number: 122974391
Description: xiii, 192 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Playing with Leviathan: Job and the aesthetic turn in biblical exegesis --
"Jonah historically regarded": improvisations on Kitto's Cyclopedia of biblical literature --
"Call me Ishmael": the BIble and the Orient --
Ahab, idolatry, and the question of possession: biblical politics --
Rachel's inconsolable cry: the rise of women's Bibles --
Responsibility: Ilana Pardes.
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Traces Herman Melville's response to an array of nineteenth-century writings that includes literary scriptures, biblical scholarship, Holy Land travel narratives, political sermons, and women's  Read more...


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"A fascinating account." * Review of Biblical Literature * "A well-researched, attractively written examination of the larger biblical context of Melville's masterpiece, and it provides a capable Read more...

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