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Bibil Identifier bibil:247510
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) Playing with Leviathan
Title (English, ) Interpretation and Reception of Monsters from the Biblical World
Title (English, Abbreviation) Playing with Leviathan
Editor van Bekkum, Koert
Editor Dekker, Jaap
Editor Peels, Eric
Editor van de Kamp, Henk
Series Themes in Biblical Narrative. Jewish and Christian Traditions (Volume: 21)
Year (Publication) 2017
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2017
Year (Copyright) 2017
Year (Reference) 2017
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature USA 43713
Place 22.08
Publishing house Brill
Place Leiden / Boston
ISBN 978-90-04-33795-4
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages xxviii Pages
315 Pages
height in cm 24
Genre Original
Abstract Since ancient times Leviathan and other monsters from the biblical world symbolize the life-threatening powers in nature and history. They represent the dark aspects of human nature and political entities and reveal the supernatural dimensions of evil. Ancient texts and pictures regarding these monsters reflect an environment of polytheism and religious pluralism. Remarkably, however, the biblical writings and post-biblical traditions use these venerated symbols in portraying God as being sovereign over the entire universe, a theme that is also prominent in the reception of these texts in subsequent contexts.
This volume explores this tension and elucidates the theological and cultural meaning of ‘Leviathan’ by studying its ancient Near Eastern background and its attestation in biblical texts, early and rabbinic Judaism, Christian theology, Early Modern art, and film.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Leviathan
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Power
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