The Raven, the Dove, and the Owl of Minerva

The Raven, the Dove, and the Owl of Minerva

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Through a close textual analysis and a contrastive examination of documents from both cultures, Mark Glouberman explores the biblical roots of our Western sense of self-identity and the ways in which non-philosophical Greek materials enhance our understanding of how that cultural view developed. Glouberman illustrates how the Hebrew Scriptures advance a humanist rather than a religious view of human nature. He then shows that this same view is germinally present in non-philosophical writings of archaic and classical Greece. Finally, Glouberman argues that the philosophical style of thinking, the intellectual basis of Greecea€™s contribution to the West, is in fact hostile to what the Bible teaches about human nature, and that central Hellenic figures from outside the philosophical mainstream a€“ notably Homer and Sophocles a€“ are a€˜biblicala€™ in orientation. Each of Gloubermana€™s theses lends new depth to contemporary research on the Bible as a source of material that illuminates the human condition.Were David more perfect, he would be less perfect.13 Saul is represented as a king given to an Israel that had rejected God (1 Samuel 8:7). ... that I gave earlier, to God who departs the highly urbanized Babylon.14 The activity in the public sphere proper commences with the defeat of Goliath. ... In the plea that Abigail ( Nabala#39;s wife) makes to David to spare her husband (1 Samuel 25:26ff), the dizzyinganbsp;...

Title:The Raven, the Dove, and the Owl of Minerva
Author:Mark Glouberman
Publisher:University of Toronto Press - 2012-10-26


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