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The Fables of ReasonA Study of Voltaire's Contes Philosophiques$
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Roger Pearson

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198158806

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158806.001.0001

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Totem and Taboo: Le Taureau blanc

Totem and Taboo: Le Taureau blanc

(p.212) 12 Totem and Taboo: Le Taureau blanc
The Fables of Reason


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This chapter discusses Le Taureau blanc, which has been thought of as Voltaire's version of the Old Testament. This work also reflects Voltaire's preoccupation with biblical criticism and can be viewed as more than just an entertaining version of the Old Testament. Included in La Taureau blanc is a romantic story involving a young princess and Nebuchadnezzar, a Babylonian king.

Keywords:   Taureau blanc, biblical criticism, Old Testament, Nebuchadnezzar

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