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Rethinking PluralismRitual, Experience, and Ambiguity$
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Adam B. Seligman and Robert P. Weller

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199915262

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199915262.001.0001

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Interlude: Ambiguity, Order, and Deity

Interlude: Ambiguity, Order, and Deity

(p.37) Interlude: Ambiguity, Order, and Deity
Rethinking Pluralism

Adam B. Seligman

Robert P. Weller

Oxford University Press

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

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