A Biblical Text and Its Afterlives: The Survival of Jonah in Western Culture
This book charts the mutations of 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. 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 secularization of the Bible, and the projection of the Bible as credulous ingenu, naive Other to our savvy post-Enlightenment selves.
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Backwaters and underbellies
I Jewish interpretation
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on Jonahs infinite regurgitation and endless survival
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2 Regurgitating Jonah
the book of Jonah as the quintessential story and the most typical of biblical texts
2 Popular interpretation
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