The Raven, the Dove, and the Owl of Minerva: The Creation of Humankind in Athens and Jerusalem
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 Greece’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 – notably Homer and Sophocles – are ‘biblical’ in orientation. Each of Glouberman’s theses lends new depth to contemporary research on the Bible as a source of material that illuminates the human condition.
- Division: Scholarly Publishing
- World Rights
- Page Count: 368 pages
- Dimensions: 6.5in x 1.1in x 9.3in
Author InformationMark Glouberman is an instructor in the Department of Philosophy at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
Table of contents
Preface & Acknowledgements
Introduction: Athens and Jerusalem
I: In Defense of Perplexity
II: Man’s Estate
III: An Ethical Compass
IV: Raven’s Land
V: The Reformation
VI: Contemplating the Bust of Homer
VIII: The Birth of Death
IX: Becoming Political
X: Love Stories
XI: Life & Times
Conclusion: On the Carmel
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