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By James Blish

After Such Knowledge (the name taken from a T. S. Eliot quote) is a sequence of novels written by way of James Blish, each one facing a side of the cost of wisdom. the 1st released, A Case of Conscience (a winner of the 1959 Hugo Award in addition to 2004/1953 Retrospective Hugo Award for most sensible Novella), confirmed a Jesuit priest faced with an alien clever race, it seems that unfallen, which he finally concludes needs to be a Satanic fabrication. the second one, Doctor Mirabilis, is a ancient novel in regards to the medieval proto-scientist Roger Bacon. The 3rd, inclusive of very brief novels, Black Easter and The Day After Judgment, was once written utilizing the belief that the ritual magic for summoning demons as defined in grimoires really labored. In Black Easter, a strong industrialist and palms service provider arranges to name up demons and set them unfastened on the planet for an evening, leading to nuclear warfare and the destruction of civilization; The Day After Judgment is dedicated to exploring the army and theological consequences.

Originally released in 1959 by means of Faber and Faber.

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The romantic movement reinforced the new interest in the human authors of the Bible. The romantics saw the author as an artist, the artist being an exceptional individual with access to a reality beyond ordinary reality. ”2 The view of the author as a creative genius, on the one hand, and the demythologization of the Bible, on the other, reinforced each other, and eventually the human author superseded God. In the field of biblical scholarship, the shift of focus toward the human author gave birth to the genre of spiritual biography.

56 The scroll served as a deposit box for the text; for daily use, people consulted their memory. To speak about the books of the Bible is misleading on more than one account. Historically, the Hebrew Bible is a collection of scrolls, and scrolls cannot be simply equated with books. The difference between the two is not merely a matter of form; it affects the mode of writing, editorial strategies, and the way in which readers use the text. Hellenistic Culture and the First Jewish Books The first Jewish books in Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek were written in the Hellenistic era.

It is to be distinguished from attributed authorship. Pseudepigraphy is the doing of the author; attributed authorship is the work of the editor. Often the text the editor works with has already established itself in some way. If the editor attributes it to a presumed author, it is to explain rather than to gain its reception by the public. Before I analyze the reasoning that informs this practice, however, let me give some biblical examples. Traditional collections attributed to famous kings are Psalms and Proverbs.

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