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When the Great Abyss Opened: Classic and Contemporary Readings of Noah's Flood

J. David Pleins


The story of Noah's flood is one of the best-loved and most often retold biblical tales, it is the inspiration for numerous children's books and toys, novels, and even films. Whether as allusion, archetype, or literal presence—the American landscape is peppered with “recreations” of the ark—the story of Noah's animals and the ark resonates throughout American culture and the world. While most think of Noah's ark as a dramatic myth, others are consumed by the quest for geological and archeological proof that the Flood really occurred. Persistent rumors of a large vessel on the mountain of Arara ... More

Keywords: Noah, flood, biblical tales, children's books, toys, animals, myth, Ararat, pilgrims, ark

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199733637
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199733637.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. David Pleins, author
Santa Clara University