The Old Testament in Fiction and Film: On Reversing the Hermeneutical Flow

  • Year: 1994
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press

This volume follows the same interpretative approach to the biblical text that Dr Kreitzer proposed in his earlier volume on the New Testament. Here again five diverse essays creatively weave together discussion of select passages from the Old Testament, some classic works of World Literature, and the film adaptations of both. Included are studies of how the Ten Commandments have been translated into film, how Herman Melville's Moby-Dick invites a study of both Job and Jonah, how John Steinbeck's East of Eden builds upon the story of Cain and Abel in Genesis 4, how Mary Shelley's Frankenstein picks up themes taken from the creation stories, and how Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms might be seen as a modern version of Qoheleth. The overall aim is to suggest that this essentially cross-disciplinary study can enable us to interpret the biblical texts with new insight.

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