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Biblical Animality after Jacques Derrida
by Hannah M. Strømmen
SBL Press, 2018
Paper: 978-1-62837-212-0 | Cloth: 978-0-88414-297-3 | eISBN: 978-0-88414-298-0
Library of Congress Classification BS663
Dewey Decimal Classification 220.859

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

A new theoretical and exegetical angle on the Bible and animal studies

According to Genesis, humans are made in God's image but animals are not. Hannah M. Strømmen challenges this view by critiquing the boundary between humans and animals in the Bible through the work of philosopher Jacques Derrida. Building on Derrida's The Animal That Therefore I Am, Strømmen brings to light significant moments where the lines between the divine, human, and animal are ambiguous in a rich range of biblical texts, from Noah as the first carnivorous man in Genesis 9 to Revelation's beasts.

Features

  • A contribution to research on Jacques Derrida and deconstruction
  • An examination of Derrida's work on the human/animal boundary
  • Critical engagement with the way the Bible is frequently held up as a point of blame for anthropocentrism
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