Interpretations of the Flood

Overview

This volume opens with an analysis of the biblical Flood story within its ancient Oriental context and with two essays devoted to the study of the Flood in Greek literature. Several essays are devoted to the interpretation of the biblical story in diverse ancient Jewish and Christian texts (Old Testament apocrypha, Gnostic mythology, patristic and rabbinic literature).
The volume ends with a study about the interpretation of the Flood in the period of the Scientific Revolution ...

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Overview

This volume opens with an analysis of the biblical Flood story within its ancient Oriental context and with two essays devoted to the study of the Flood in Greek literature. Several essays are devoted to the interpretation of the biblical story in diverse ancient Jewish and Christian texts (Old Testament apocrypha, Gnostic mythology, patristic and rabbinic literature).
The volume ends with a study about the interpretation of the Flood in the period of the Scientific Revolution and with an interpretation from the perspective of a twentieth-century psycho-analyst.

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Editorial Reviews

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'...a stimulating collection of high quality essays which illustrate well the development of the interpretation of the story of the flood both inside and outside the Bible.'
P.J. Harland, Bibliotheca Orientalis, 2000.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004112537
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/29/1999
  • Series: Themes in Biblical Narrative Series , #1
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 6.58 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Florentino García Martínez is Professor at the University of Groningen where he heads the Qumran Institute. He has written numerous articles and books, including Qumran and Apocalyptic, The Dead Sea Scrolls Translated and The Dead Sea Scrolls Study Edition (all published by Brill).
Gerard P. Luttikhuizen is Professor of Early Christian Literature and New Testament Studies at the University of Groningen. He has published on early Christian Judaism, including The Revelation of Elchasai, and on Coptic Gnostic Literature.
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Table of Contents

Editorial Statement
Preface
List of Abbreviations
The Stories of the Great Flood: Notes on Gen 6:5-9:17 in its Context of the Ancient Near East 1
Near Eastern and Native Traditions in Apollodorus' Account of the Flood 39
The Noah Story: Was it Known to the Greeks? 56
The Interpretation of the Flood Story in the Book of Jubilees 66
Interpretations of the Flood in the Dead Sea Scrolls 86
Biblical Narrative in Gnostic Revision: The Story of Noah and the Flood in Classic Gnostic Mythology 109
The Lesson of the Flood: [actual symbol not reproducible] in Rabbinic Tradition 124
Noah, the Ark, and the Flood in Early Christian Theology: The Ship of the Church in the Making 134
The Flood and the Scientific Revolution: Thomas Burnet's System of Natural Providence 150
Where will the Water Stick? Considerations of a Psychoanalyst about the Stories of the Flood 167
References to Ancient Texts 195
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