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<i>Interlude:</i> Ambiguity, Order, and Deity

Adam B. Seligman and Robert P. Weller

in Rethinking Pluralism

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199915262
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199980215 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199915262.003.0002
Interlude: Ambiguity, Order, and Deity

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This interlude illustrates the problems of ambiguity by comparing the figures of Pentheus in The Bacchae and Job in the Bible. Both characters try to clarify categories—those of order for Pentheus and those of justice for Job. Both are resolved only after meeting with different types of furies. Both stories probe the chasm between human attempts to order the worlds of knowledge and the unknowability of the divine order. Both call the boundaries of human experience into question.

Keywords: The Bacchae; Job; Bible; Pentheus

Chapter.  6185 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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