The Bible and Literature: The Basics provides an interpretive framework for understanding the significance of biblical allusions in literature—even for readers who have little prior knowledge of the Bible. In doing so, it surveys the Bible’s influence on a broad range of English, American, and other Anglophone literatures from a variety of historical periods. It also:
This book explains why readers need a basic knowledge of the Bible in order to understand and appreciate key aspects of Anglophone literary traditions.
Introduction: The Bible as Witness to the Power of Stories
Chapter 1. Wrestling with God: The Bible as an Untellable Tale
Chapter 2. Friends, Family, and Lovers: A Familiar God
Chapter 3. Crime and Punishment
Chapter 4. Unexpected Heroes and Miraculous Recreations
Chapter 5. The Words and Their Afterlives
Conclusion: A Secular Age?
A Note on English Bible Translations
Additional Secondary Sources
The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.
Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.
Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.