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3. The Gospels

3. The Gospels  

Kyle Keefer (ed.)

in The New Testament As Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2008
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365500
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195300208.003.0003
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780195300208
The New Testament does not follow the normal pattern of a biography. It consists of four narratives, called gospels. The gospels may seem opaque, but they are full of content and style. All ... More
4. Depicting the Devil

4. Depicting the Devil  

Darren Oldridge

in The Devil: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
May 2012
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777776
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199580996.003.0004
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chapter
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9780199580996
‘Depicting the Devil’ is challenging for writers, artists and filmmakers. In Goethe's Faust, Mephistopheles' character is conveyed in words of nullity and darkness. Milton's Paradise Lost ... More
2. Picturing angels

2. Picturing angels  

David Albert Jones

in Angels: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777301
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199547302.003.0002
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9780199547302
‘Picturing angels’ looks at the development of angels in art as a whole and religious art through history. The traditional depiction of angles has been largely shaped by Christian artists. ... More
6. Heavenly hosts

6. Heavenly hosts  

David Albert Jones

in Angels: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777301
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199547302.003.0006
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9780199547302
What is the significance of Jacob's vision of a ladder between heaven and earth? Why does it occur in a dream? This idea of ascending and descending on Jacob's ladder is a frequently used ... More
Angels: A Very Short Introduction

Angels: A Very Short Introduction  

David Albert Jones

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2011
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777301
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199547302.001.0001
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book
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9780199547302
Angels: A Very Short Introduction outlines prominent stories and speculations about angels in Judaism, Islam, Christianity, and post-Christian spiritualties. What are angels? ... More
1. A brief history of angels

1. A brief history of angels  

David Albert Jones

in Angels: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777301
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199547302.003.0001
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9780199547302
The story of Abraham and the angels is one of the first mentions of angels in the Hebrew scriptures. The story is over three thousand years old. There are many renditions of this story and ... More
5. Ministering spirits

5. Ministering spirits  

David Albert Jones

in Angels: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777301
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199547302.003.0005
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9780199547302
‘Ministering spirits’ relates the story of Archangel Raphael to the image of an angel. Why is the story of Raphael as told in the book of Tobit not in some Bibles? It finds a place in Roman ... More
5. Fundamentalism and nationalism I

5. Fundamentalism and nationalism I  

Malise Ruthven

in Fundamentalism: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2007
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776953
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199212705.003.0005
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780199212705
Theoretically, fundamentalism and nationalism are ideological opponents. In much of the formal discourse, religion stands at the opposite side to nationalism, which states that nationalism ... More
8. Romanticism and the rise of nationalism

8. Romanticism and the rise of nationalism  

Barry Cunliffe

in Druids: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
May 2010
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777233
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199539406.003.0008
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chapter
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9780199539406
In the two centuries from c. 1550 to 1750, the Celts and the Druids, seen through the eyes of Classical writers, were discovered, positioned in the history of patriarchal religion, and ... More
2. The modernist crime novel and Hollywood noir

2. The modernist crime novel and Hollywood noir  

James Naremore

in Film Noir: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2019
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Feb 2019
eISBN: 
9780191834035
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198791744.003.0002
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9780198791744
‘The modernist crime novel and Hollywood noir’ considers how an atmosphere of ‘modernism’ in 1940s American film noir is largely due to the ‘thriller genre’ in literature. Many aspects of ... More
3. The snares of literalism

3. The snares of literalism  

Malise Ruthven

in Fundamentalism: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2007
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776953
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199212705.003.0003
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780199212705
A significant element of fundamentalism is a literal reading of the texts fundamentalists revere. At the extreme end, literalism means that the exact wording of a text carries the whole ... More
7. Macbeth

7. Macbeth  

Stanley Wells

in Shakespeare's Tragedies: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2017
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Apr 2017
eISBN: 
9780191827297
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198785293.003.0008
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780198785293
When Macbeth was first seen, around 1606, its subject matter was highly topical. King James I was on the throne. The use of the supernatural, and of conventions associated with the ... More
4. The Book of Mormon as Literature

4. The Book of Mormon as Literature  

Terryl L. Givens

in The Book of Mormon: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2010
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365678
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780195369311.003.0004
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780195369311
The Book of Mormon has less literary renown than the Bible, as its military-political clan chronicle format leaves less room for literary embellishment. The Book does have a greater degree ... More
3. ‘Tidings of me will go out over all great Rus’Pushkin and the Russian literary canon

3. ‘Tidings of me will go out over all great Rus’: Pushkin and the Russian literary canon  

Catriona Kelly

in Russian Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2001
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775314
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192801449.003.0003
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chapter
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9780192801449
Pushkin set out to create a monument out of his work and ‘“Tidings of me will go out over all great Rus”: Pushkin and the Russian literary canon’ looks at the work that other writers left. ... More
4. Julius Caesar

4. Julius Caesar  

Stanley Wells

in Shakespeare's Tragedies: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2017
Published Online: 
Apr 2017
eISBN: 
9780191827297
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198785293.003.0005
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780198785293
Many tragedies of Shakespeare’s time are concerned with the fall from power, and eventual death, of great men of the past. In writing about the assassination of Julius Caesar, perhaps the ... More
4. The culture of irrationalism

4. The culture of irrationalism  

Steven Beller

in Antisemitism: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2015
Published Online: 
Oct 2015
eISBN: 
9780191792335
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198724834.003.0004
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780198724834
Why has antisemitism been defined as ‘irrational’ hostility to Jews? This cultural approach was a reaction against the rationalist claim that all human experience and endeavour could be ... More

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