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Melville's Bibles / Ilana Pardes.

Pardes, Ilana. (Author).
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Subject: Melville, Herman, 1819-1891. Moby Dick.
Melville, Herman, 1819-1891 > Religion.
Bible > Commentaries.
Bible > Hermeneutics.
Melville, Herman, 1819-1891. Moby Dick.
Melville, Herman, 1819-1891 > Religion.
Bible > Commentaires.
Bible > Herméneutique.
Moby Dick (Melville, Herman)
Bible and literature.
Religion and culture.
Religion and literature > United States > History > 19th century.
American fiction > 19th century > History and criticism.
Bible et littérature.
Religion et culture.
Religion et littérature > États-Unis > Histoire > 19e siècle.
Roman américain > 19e siècle > Histoire et critique.
Genre: Electronic books.
Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 0520941527
  • ISBN: 9780520941526
  • ISBN: 1281385719
  • ISBN: 9781281385710
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 192 pages) : illustrations
  • Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2008.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 157-183) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: 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 -- Epilogue.
Summary: 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 reconsideration of the politics of biblical reception. In "Melville's Bibles," Pardes traces Melville's response to a whole array of nineteenth-century exegetical writings - literary scriptures, biblical scholarship, Holy Land travel narratives, political sermons, and women's bibles. She shows how Melville raised with unparalleled verve the question of what counts as Bible and what counts as interpretation.
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