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Playing with Leviathan: Interpretation and Reception of Monsters from the Biblical World (Koert van Bekkum) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2017) 9789004337954
Playing with Leviathan: Interpretation and Reception of Monsters from the Biblical World (Koert van Bekkum) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2017) 9789004337954
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Title: Playing with Leviathan: Interpretation and Reception of Monsters from the Biblical World

Author: Bekkum, Koert van

Additional Authors or Contributors: Jaap Dekker, Henk van de Kamp, Eric Peels (eds)

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2017

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004337954

Volumes: 1; Pages:

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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.

Table of Contents



Part 1: Ancient Near East

1 The Leviathan in the Ancient Near East. Marjo Korpel and Johannes de Moor

Part 2: Old Testament

2 God and the Dragons in the Book of Isaiah, Jaap Dekker

3 As a Fish on Dry Land. Some Remarks on Tannin in Ezekiel, Ben van Werven

4 "Is Your Rage Against the Rivers, Your Wrath Against the Sea?" Storm-God Imagery in Habakkuk 3, Koert van Bekkum

5 The Monster as a Toy. Leviathan in Psalm 104:26 77, Gert Kwakkel

6 "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find The(ir Wisdo)m". Behemoth and Leviathan in the Book of Job 90, Nicholas Ansell

Part 3: Early and Rabbinic Judaism

7 Leviathan on the Menu of the Messianic Meal. The Use of Various Images of Leviathan in Early Jewish Tradition, Michael Mulder

Part 4: New Testament and Early Christianity

8 Romans 16:17-20a: Imminent Danger and Victory, Theo van Spanje

9 The Air Combat between Michael and the Dragon. Revelation 12:7-12 in Relation to Similar Texts from the New Testament, Rob van Houwelingen

10 Leviathan and the Monsters in Revelation, Henk van de Kamp

Part 5 Theological Reflections

11 God and the Suffering of Animals, Gijsbert van den Brink

12 "God Deals More Roughly with His Creature than We Would Like". Leviathan in the Work of Arnold A. van Ruler, Dirk van Keulen

13 Modern Political Society as Leviathan. Interpretation and Application of Thomas Hobbes' Use of a Biblical Symbol, Ad de Bruijne

14 The Dragon / Snake in Myth, Religion and Mission. Fear of Death Defeated by the Message of Life, Kees Haak

Part 6 Iconographic Representations

15 A Glimpse of the Beast. Leviathan in Late Medieval and Early Modern Art, Anique de Kruijf

16 Incarnations of Death: Leviathan in the Movies, Reinier Sonneveld

Index of Ancient Sources

Index of Geographical and Personal Names

Index of Subjects

Index of Modern Authors
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