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Inscrutable Malice: Theodicy, Eschatology, and the Biblical Sources of Moby-Dick (Hardback)
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Inscrutable Malice: Theodicy, Eschatology, and the Biblical Sources of Moby-Dick (Hardback)

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Hardback 384 Pages / Published: 05/03/2013
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Though "Moby-Dick" is one of the most-discussed and most-read works of American literature, the influence of the Bible has been overlooked in many contemporary studies of the novel. In "Inscrutable Malice", Jonathan A. Cook expertly illuminates Melville's abiding preoccupation with the problem of evil and the pervasive role of the Bible in shaping his iconic work. Drawing on recent research in the fields of biblical studies, the history of religion, and comparative mythology, Cook provides a new interpretation of "Moby-Dick" that places Melville's creative adaptation of the Bible at the center of the novel. Cook identifies two central concerns: the attempt to reconcile the goodness of God with the existence of evil and the discourse of the Christian end times involving the final destruction of evil. With his detailed reading of "Moby-Dick" and the Bible, Cook makes a significant departure from the approaches of many recent works of Melville criticism. Accessible and erudite, "Inscrutable Malice" will appeal to scholars, students, and enthusiasts of Melville's classic novel.

Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press
ISBN: 9780875804644
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 612 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 33 mm

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