By Nancy M. Tischler
The Bible has had a massive impression on international historical past and tradition, however it is essentially unexpected to many scholars. This publication relates the Bible to a variety of literary works quite often learn by way of scholars and hence is helping scholars comprehend those texts in addition to the cultural and old contexts surrounding them. incorporated are chapters on 20 subject matters, resembling production, friends and family, love and marriage, the hero, conflict, and demise and the afterlife. every one bankruptcy discusses the biblical value of the subject, presents scriptural quotations and citations, and explores the biblical presence of the topic in literary works frequently learn by means of scholars. every one bankruptcy cites works for additional examining, and the amount closes with a particular, common bibliography.
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The curious catalogue of attributes of the “fair” beloved, for example, has lines like this: 28 Thematic Guide to Biblical Literature Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold thou art fair; thou hast doves’ eyes within they locks: thy hair is as a flock of goats, that appear from mount Gilead. … Thy temples are like a piece of a pomegranate within thy locks … Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins, which feed among the lilies. Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, I will get me to the mountain of myrrh, and to the hill of frankincense.
For a short time, the Tall Convict sees the world outside of the penitentiary, the patterns of life and death, the struggle for survival. Faulkner had a strong sense of humans’ relationship with the land. He understood obsession with the land—people loving it too much, being to greedy to own it, or fighting too hard to subdue it. To the very end, Faulkner found nature a source of affection, comedy, power, and wonder. Another Southerner, Flannery O’Connor, also loves to include details of nature in her writing, and sees much of the foolishness of humans as they proclaim their “ownership” of the land.
His great effort to make “Sutpen’s Hundred” a permanent legacy ends with catastrophe and futility. Absalom, Absalom! (the title taken from David’s lament over his beloved son) is the story of this monumental struggle to dominate the land and his own legacy. 36 Thematic Guide to Biblical Literature A number of Faulkner’s stories deal with nature. The Bear is an excellent study in human interaction with nature, with the white man stealing it from the Indians, shedding the blood and sweat of slaves on it, stripping the land of its forests, and trying to claim it for his posterity.