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The Resource Noah's flood : the Genesis story in Western thought, Norman Cohn

Noah's flood : the Genesis story in Western thought, Norman Cohn

Label
Noah's flood : the Genesis story in Western thought
Title
Noah's flood
Title remainder
the Genesis story in Western thought
Statement of responsibility
Norman Cohn
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • The biblical tale of Noah and the Flood has been interpreted in many different ways through the ages, mirroring the many changes in Western beliefs and values. In this masterly and beautifully illustrated book, Norman Cohn, the author of The Pursuit of the Millennium and Cosmos, Chaos and the World to Come, explores the origins, development, and varying interpretations of this ancient story and assesses its impact on the history of ideas. The roots of the Flood story, Cohn explains, lie in Mesopotamian mythology. But its meaning was totally transformed by the authors of Genesis so that it became a message of hope for Jews and later a prefiguring of salvation for Christians. Cohn then shows how, under the impact of the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century, the story came to be understood in a new way. Between the seventeenth and the nineteenth centuries it was closely associated with the development of scientific geology, which it both helped and hindered
  • From the late eighteenth century until the present day the story of Noah's Flood has been involved also in the conflict between traditional religious beliefs and science and the attempts to harmonize the two. Cohn describes how, while geological and palaeontological discoveries were calling the historicity of the Flood into question, fundamentalists have continued to champion it, even to the extent of searching for the landing site of the ark. Finally, he considers how, in the course of the present century, the story has been interpreted as a solar myth, a lunar myth, a fertility myth, and even (psychoanalytically) as an expression of male resentment against women. Wide ranging and compellingly narrated, the book includes intriguing accounts of the scholars and theologians who endorsed or rejected the Flood story and contributed to its powerful resonance over two thousand years
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
222/.1106/09
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BS658
LC item number
.C64 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Noah's flood : the Genesis story in Western thought, Norman Cohn
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [138]-150) and index
Contents
  • Harmonizers
  • Fundamentalists
  • Hidden Meanings Again
  • Mesopotamian Origins
  • The Genesis Story
  • Hidden Meanings
  • Filling Gaps
  • A Ruined Earth
  • Providential Comets
  • Problematic Fossils
  • Shifting Time-Scales
Dimensions
26 cm.
Extent
xii, 154 p.
Isbn
9780300068238
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
96018500
Note
  • Spec. Coll. copy is part of a collection (Collection 1062). To page this item, use the collection record; to find the collection record, search the title: Noah's Ark book collection. Item is in box 6.
  • Spec. Coll. copy: Illustrated dust jacket, blue paper over boards, stamped in gilt on spine. Gift, Marianne Puncheon, 2006.
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)34699485
  • ucoclc34699485
Label
Noah's flood : the Genesis story in Western thought, Norman Cohn
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [138]-150) and index
Contents
  • Harmonizers
  • Fundamentalists
  • Hidden Meanings Again
  • Mesopotamian Origins
  • The Genesis Story
  • Hidden Meanings
  • Filling Gaps
  • A Ruined Earth
  • Providential Comets
  • Problematic Fossils
  • Shifting Time-Scales
Dimensions
26 cm.
Extent
xii, 154 p.
Isbn
9780300068238
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
96018500
Note
  • Spec. Coll. copy is part of a collection (Collection 1062). To page this item, use the collection record; to find the collection record, search the title: Noah's Ark book collection. Item is in box 6.
  • Spec. Coll. copy: Illustrated dust jacket, blue paper over boards, stamped in gilt on spine. Gift, Marianne Puncheon, 2006.
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)34699485
  • ucoclc34699485

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