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Bibil Identifier bibil:137463
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Fallen Towers
Title (English, ) Pride, Envy and Judgement in the Modern City
Author Davison, Graeme
Journal The Bible and Critical Theory (Volume: 1, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2005
Year (Copyright) 2005
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2005
Year (Reference) 2005
Language English
Pages 1-9 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The Genesis narrative of the fall of the Tower of Babel links worldly pride to the rise and catastrophic fall of an imperial city. From Renaissance Florence to nineteenth century Melbourne, urban pride often seemed to presage a fall. The 1755 earthquake, which destroyed the city of Lisbon, provoked a vigorous debate among Enlightenment philosophers about the influence of divine judgment on the fortunes of the city, prefiguring the instant reactions of some commentators, in the United States and elsewhere, to the terrorist attacks on the New York World Trade Center in 2001. In these diverse responses to 9/11, and their recurrent allusions to the Babel narrative, we gain a glimpse of the moral vulnerability of an imperial city.
DOI 10.2104/bc050014
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Hermeneutics : Postmodernism
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