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Lucifer, Leviathan, Lilith, and other Mysterious Creatures of the Bible
Soza, Joel R.

Lanhan, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017 pp. vi + 111. $26.99


Description: The bible is indeed a world of the strange and mysterious when it comes to the variety of creatures that are presented in its texts. These often times serve as images of good versus evil, or order versus chaos. Flat and narrowly myopic literal readings of the bible that at times lacks for imagination and creative insight to the bibleís occasional and amazingly metaphorical maze fall far short of what is needed to appreciate the full depth of the biblical worldís imagery. Therefore this work explores the meaning of the bibleís mysterious creatures with an emphasis on three creatures that all appear in the book of the prophet Isaiah: Lucifer (Isa 14:12), Leviathan (Isa 27:1), and Lilith (Isa 34:14). These mysterious creatures of the bible live on and can both inspire and cause fear. It is a marvelous mixed world of biblical metaphor and realism to be found in the likes of Lucifer, Leviathan, Lilith and the rest of the mysterious creatures that make a biblical appearance.

Subjects: Bible, Literature, Methods, Other Methods

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Review by Robin C. McCall
Published 12/14/2017
Citation: Robin C. McCall, review of Joel R. Soza, Lucifer, Leviathan, Lilith, and other Mysterious Creatures of the Bible, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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