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Thematic Guide to Biblical Literature by Nancy M. Tischler

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By Nancy M. Tischler

The Bible has had an enormous impact on global historical past and tradition, however it is basically unusual to many scholars. This e-book relates the Bible to quite a lot of literary works normally learn via scholars and therefore is helping scholars comprehend those texts in addition to the cultural and old contexts surrounding them. integrated are chapters on 20 subject matters, akin to production, friends and family, love and marriage, the hero, warfare, and loss of life and the afterlife. every one bankruptcy discusses the biblical importance of the subject, presents scriptural quotations and citations, and explores the biblical presence of the subject in literary works usually learn through scholars. each one bankruptcy cites works for additional examining, and the amount closes with a specific, normal bibliography.

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Defoe’s novel encapsulates some of the central philosophic and theological arguments regarding the interaction among God, humans, and the natural world: What is our relationship with nature? Are we the guardians, the opponents, or the beneficiaries of the fruits of nature? Does nature have any moral component or any lessons that may be learned by humans? What are our obligations to our environment? Scripture For the most part, scripture uses nature as a background for the events of the human actors.

Living in London during the Industrial Revolution, this gentle scholar much preferred to retreat to smaller towns and cherished untrammeled nature. His most famous poem is “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard,” a celebration of life close to nature. In language replete with poetic diction that is hardly “natural,” he considers the “rude forefathers of the hamlet” whose graves are in the churchyard, where they “sleep” under the elms and yews. ” Artists of the period, like Turner and Constable, began to paint canvasses of idyllic landscapes, with tiny human figures dwarfed by the vast expanse of nature’s splendor.

They can neither create nor destroy the sea. By petitioning the winds, they might whip up waves to punish or reward humans. This imagery contrasts sharply with the Hebrews’ view of God as the creator and sustainer of the universe, omnipotent and omniscient. As he thunders out his majestic response to Job, he reveals his power to raise up the waters and tear down Nature 29 mountains, set rocks in their place, appear in the midst of a whirlwind, or speak from a burning bush. At no point do the Hebrews turn nature into a god to be adored.

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