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A biblical text and its afterlives: the survival of Jonah in western culture

Sherwood, Y. (2000) A biblical text and its afterlives: the survival of Jonah in western culture. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 052179174X

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Abstract

This book charts the mutations of a particularly buoyant sliver of Bible text - the book of Jonah - as it latches onto Christian and Jewish motifs and anxieties, passes through highbrow and lowbrow culture, and finally becomes something of a scavenger among the ruins, as, in its most resourceful move to date, it begins to live off the demise of faith. Written at a point between Cultural Studies, Jewish Studies, Literature and Art, this book is concerned with those versions of the biblical that escape proper disciplinary boundaries: it shifts the focus from 'Mainstream' to 'Backwater' interpretation. It is less a navigation of interpretative history and more an interrogation of larger political/cultural issues: anti-Judaism in Biblical Studies, the secularisation of the Bible, and the projection of the Bible as credulous ingenu, naive Other to our savvy post-Enlightenment selves.

Item Type:Book
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s):Sherwood, Prof Yvonne
Authors: Sherwood, Y.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BS The Bible
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > Theology and Religious Studies
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
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