115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Biblical Visions in Literature I

Session Chair: 
Lauren Peterson, University of California, Davis
Time: 
Session 5: Saturday 8:15 – 9:45 am
Location: 
Henry 210

Presenters/Papers:

  1. Aaron J Kleist, Biola University
    Pairing a Messianic vision from Isaiah with a patristic vision of a soul’s damnation, the Old English account Be ðam seofanfealdan ungifa (“About the Sevenfold Evil Gifts”) offers not just eschatological warnings for the believer, but epistemological cautions for the editor: are medieval texts fixed, or are they fluid?
  2. Laura J. Veltman, California Baptist University
    Using Puritan typology to tie the Puritans to the Israelites wandering in the wilderness, William Bradford and other early Americans drew on the Old Testament to shape a vision of colonization as possession, taking away the “Devil’s territories” from the “savage inhabitants.” Leslie Marmon Silko in Ceremony, as part of her plea for hybrid and evolving stories, revises this trope of wilderness, calling for new explanatory metaphors for understanding and relating to the land.
  3. Lauren Smith, Brown University
    In the final chapter of the book of Job, Job describes his spiritual transformation in terms of a progression from hearing God to seeing God. In his Illustrations of the Book of Job, William Blake brings Job’s vision before the readers eyes in an attempt to show that which cannot be seen.
Session Cancelled: 
No