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American Palestine Melville, Twain, and the Holy Land Mania


American Palestine: Melville, Twain, and the Holy Land Mania By Hilton Obenzinger
1999 | 338 Pages | ISBN: 0691009732 | PDF | 2 MB
In the nineteenth century, American tourists, scholars, evangelists, writers, and artists flocked to Palestine as part of a "Holy Land mania." Many saw America as a New Israel, a modern nation chosen to do God’s work on Earth, and produced a rich variety of inspirational art and literature about their travels in the original promised land, which was then part of Ottoman-controlled Palestine. In American Palestine, Hilton Obenzinger explores two "infidel texts" in this tradition: Herman Melville’s Clarel: A Poem and Pilgrimage to the Holy Land (1876) and Mark Twain’s The Innocents Abroad: or, The New Pilgrims’ Progress (1869). As he shows, these works undermined in very different ways conventional assumptions about America’s divine mission. In the darkly philosophical Clarel, Melville found echoes of Palestine’s apparent desolation and ruin in his own spiritual doubts and in America’s materialism and corruption. Twain’s satiric travelogue, by contrast, mocked the romantic naiveté of Americans abroad, noting the incongruity of a "fantastic mob" of "Yanks" in the Holy Land and contrasting their exalted notions of Palestine with its prosaic reality. Obenzinger demonstrates, however, that Melville and Twain nevertheless shared many colonialist and orientalist assumptions of the day, revealed most clearly in their ideas about Arabs, Jews, and Native Americans. Combining keen literary and historical insights and careful attention to the context of other American writings about Palestine, this book throws new light on the construction of American identity in the nineteenth century.

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Holy Ghosts The Christian Century in Modern Japanese Fiction


Holy Ghosts: The Christian Century in Modern Japanese Fiction By Rebecca Suter
2015 | 208 Pages | ISBN: 0824840011 | PDF | 2 MB
Christians are a tiny minority in Japan, less than one percent of the total population. Yet Christianity is ubiquitous in Japanese popular culture. From the giant mutant "angels" of the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise to the Jesus-themed cocktails enjoyed by customers in Tokyo’s Christon caf, Japanese popular culture appropriates Christianity in both humorous and unsettling ways. By treating the Western religion as an exotic cultural practice, Japanese demonstrate the reversibility of cultural stereotypes and force us to reconsider common views of global cultural flows and East-West relations.Of particular interest is the repeated reappearance in modern fiction of the so-called "Christian century" of Japan (1549-1638), the period between the arrival of the Jesuit missionaries and the last Christian revolt before the final ban on the foreign religion. Literary authors as different as Akutagawa Ryūnosuke, Endō Shūsaku, Yamada Fūtarō, and Takemoto Novala, as well as film directors, manga and anime authors, and videogame producers have all expressed their fascination with the lives and works of Catholic missionaries and Japanese converts and produced imaginative reinterpretations of the period. In Holy Ghosts, Rebecca Suter explores the reasons behind the popularity of the Christian century in modern Japanese fiction and reflects on the role of cross-cultural representations in Japan. Since the opening of the ports in the Meiji period, Japan’s relationship with Euro-American culture has oscillated between a drive towards Westernization and an antithetical urge to "return to Asia." Exploring the twentieth-century’s fascination with the Christian Century enables Suter to reflect on modern Japan’s complex combination of Orientalism, self-Orientalism, and Occidentalism.By looking back at a time when the Japanese interacted with Europeans in ways that were both similar to and different from modern dealings, fictional representations of the Christian century offer an opportunity to reflect critically not only on cross-cultural negotiation but also more broadly on both Japanese and Western social and political formations. The ghosts of the Christian century that haunt modern Japanese fiction thus prompt us to rethink conventional notions of East-West exchanges, mutual representations, and power relations, complicating our understanding of global modernity.

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Holy Women of Byzantium Ten Saints’ Lives in English Translation


Holy Women of Byzantium: Ten Saints’ Lives in English Translation By Alice-Mary Talbot (ed.)
1996 | 380 Pages | ISBN: 088402248X | PDF | 2 MB
Dumbarton Oaks is launching a series of English translations of medieval Greek Lives of saints to bring a selected group of these biographies of holy men and women to the attention of a wider public. It is hoped that this new series will make available in translation a genre of medieval Greek text that has hitherto been relatively inaccessible. At present, the majority of the Byzantine Greek texts that have been translated into English are narrative histories or writings of the Church Fathers; these should now be complemented by other types of materials. This project to translate saints’ Lives is not, in fact, a new idea, but one rooted in tradition, for many of the Greek Lives of saints were translated into Latin, Slavonic, Syriac, Armenian, Georgian, and Arabic during the early Christian and Byzantine centuries to make them accessible to non-Greek speakers.The rationale for devoting the first volume of the series to selected Lives of female saints is the notable paucity of translations in English (or indeed any western European language) of the vitae of Byzantine holy women, especially for the post-Justinianic period. Therefore, an attempt has been made to include most of the vitae of holy women of the middle and late Byzantine centuries, which are relatively few in number, in addition to some earlier saints who exemplify certain types, such as nuns who adopted male monastic habit and female hermits.

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The Holy Trinity of Scones A Celestial Collection of Sweet and Savory Scones


The Holy Trinity of Scones: A Celestial Collection of Sweet and Savory Scones by Zoe Moore
English | 2022 | ISBN: N/A | ASIN: B0B785HHH1 | 135 pages | EPUB | 6.32 Mb
Whether or not we’re pro cooks, we all get the urge to try and bake at some point. Even if we know it’s going to end in disaster, our cravings for something freshly baked and homemade are larger than life (a.k.a. our fear of dirty dishes). Thus, if you’re already going to make a mess of your kitchen, why not do it for something you love, like scones? They’re flaky, buttery goodness is irresistible, so we might as well give in to the temptation to make some.

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This Incredibly Benevolent Force The Holy Spirit in Reformed Theology and Spirituality


C. Van der Kooi, "This Incredibly Benevolent Force: The Holy Spirit in Reformed Theology and Spirituality"
English | ISBN: 0802876137 | 2018 | 176 pages | AZW3 | 282 KB
A key refrain in Reformed theology is that God’s Spirit trumpets the message of salvation through Jesus Christ into every nook and cranny of the universe-but how? And in what way does this cosmic truth touch and shape the mundane reality of our lives and our world?

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