By Nancy M. Tischler

The Bible has had an incredible impact on international background and tradition, however it is essentially surprising to many scholars. This ebook relates the Bible to a variety of literary works regularly learn by means of scholars and therefore is helping scholars comprehend those texts in addition to the cultural and old contexts surrounding them. integrated are chapters on 20 topics, corresponding to construction, friends and family, love and marriage, the hero, struggle, and loss of life and the afterlife. each one bankruptcy discusses the biblical importance of the topic, offers scriptural quotations and citations, and explores the biblical presence of the subject matter in literary works usually learn through scholars. each one bankruptcy cites works for additional studying, and the quantity closes with a particular, normal bibliography.

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In his love of material prosperity, he gradually loses sight of the richness of his life—especially the blessing of his hardworking and devoted wife. Only after he has taken a second wife and O-Lan is dying does he come to understand that she, like the land, has been the key to his happiness. The sad ending of the narrative comes as Wang Lung himself faces death, knowing that his educated sons will leave the land, sell it, and forget their roots. Pearl Buck, the daughter of Presbyterian missionaries, born and raised in China, was American by heritage and education.

New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1971. Nature Readings Genesis 1–3 Psalm 12, 21 Ezekiel 12 Thomas Gray, “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard” (1751) William Wordsworth, “Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey” (1798) Walt Whitman, “Song of Myself” (1855) Stephen Crane, “The Open Boat” (1898) Gerard Manley Hopkins, “Pied Beauty,” “God’s Grandeur” (1918) T. S. Eliot, “The Wasteland” (1922) William Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom! (1930) Pearl Buck, The Good Earth (1931) Willa Cather, “Neighbor Rosicky” (1932) John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath (1939) Flannery O’Connor, “The Displaced Person” (1955) Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (1974) Introduction The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork.

For Dante, the real “home” or “promised land” for the saints is not in Eden. It is in Heaven, where they will dwell in eternal bliss in the presence of God. This joy transcends the perfect physical comforts of Eden. Now the believer is thrilled that God allows him or her to choose good over evil, obedience over selfishness, service over pride. As he describes the “rest” finally available for the saints, he proclaims, “His will is our peace”—an echo of Augustine. Some cynical writers of the seventeenth century came to propose, jokingly, that Eden was lost with the advent of Eve.

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