Melville's Bibles (eBook, 2008) []
skip to content
Melville's Bibles Preview this item
ClosePreview this item

Melville's Bibles

Author: Ilana Pardes
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : 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...

(not yet rated) 0 with reviews - Be the first.

More like this

Find a copy in the library

&AllPage.SpinnerRetrieving; Finding libraries that hold this item...


Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Pardes, Ilana.
Melville's Bibles.
Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2008
(DLC) 2007014870
Named Person: Herman Melville; Herman Melville; Herman Melville; Herman Melville; Herman Melville
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ilana Pardes
ISBN: 0520941527 9780520941526 1281385719 9781281385710
OCLC Number: 347284789
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 192 pages) : illustrations
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.
More information:


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...


Editorial reviews

Publisher Synopsis

"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...

User-contributed reviews
Retrieving GoodReads reviews...
Retrieving DOGObooks reviews...


Be the first.
Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.