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When the Great Abyss OpenedClassic and Contemporary Readings of Noah's Flood$
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J. David Pleins

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199733637

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199733637.001.0001

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For the Bible Tells Me So!

For the Bible Tells Me So!

Competing Ways to Read Genesis

(p.15) 2 For the Bible Tells Me So!
When the Great Abyss Opened

J. David Pleins

Oxford University Press

Complications arise from misinterpretations of the Bible as some readers choose to take some of the writings literally instead of analyzing such works in a figurative context. Such is the case for those Christians who often misconstrue the Book of Revelation as they predict uncertain dates regarding the end of the world. It is therefore necessary to try to figure out how to approach certain texts of the Bible, which, in this case, involves the story of Noah's ark and the flood. While the “exact literalist” or the “loose literalist” would believe that the events cited in the Bible happened exactly the way the events are described in the Bible and that these events truly occurred during the time that the Bible dictated that it did, too much literalism can distort the text and it is really important to determine the appropriate amount of exactness.

Keywords:   figurative context, literalism, exact literalist, loose literalist, Noah, flood

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