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By Timothy K. Beal

Religion's nice and strong secret fascinates us, however it additionally terrifies. So too the monsters that hang-out the tales of the Judeo-Christian mythos and previous traditions: Leviathan, Behemoth, dragons, and different beasts. during this strange and provocative e-book, Timothy ok. Beal writes concerning the monsters that lurk in our non secular texts, and approximately how monsters and faith are deeply entwined. Horror and religion are inextricable. Ans as monsters are a part of spiritual texts and traditions, so faith lurks within the sleek horror style, from its delivery in Dante's Inferno to the modern spookiness of H.P. Lovecraft and the Hellraiser motion pictures. faith and Its Monsters is key interpreting for college kids of faith and pop culture, in addition to any readers with an curiosity in horror.

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With terrible boil s from the sole of his foot to the top of his head " (2 :7) . l ronically, in Deuteronomy 28:35, this affliction is precisely what N\oses declares God \vill use to punish the lsraelites when they do not obey God 's justice: " lf you do not obey the LO RD your God . . the LORD wtl! f your head. " This passage uses the same H ebrew verb for "inflict" (nakab) that Job 2 : 7 does, and the lan­ guage describing the terrible boils from the sole of the foot to the top of the head is identical (except, of course, that Job 2:7 refers to "his" foot and head and Deuteronomy 28:35 refers to "your" foot and head) .

And along with them often come monsters who are by no means harmonious with the divine order of creation. So it is in Psalm 74. Indeed, we might well describe the voice of disorientation in the H ebrew Scriptures as the voice o f horror - psychological, polit­ ical, cosmic horror - i n which the order of things that is elsewhere asserted to be well established and steadfastly maintai ned by the God of c reation and justice appears to be falling apart at the seams. " God sits enthroned over the flood , " declares Psalm 29: l O, but the horrified voice of disorientation can no longer afford such confi­ dence.

This is the sea, great and vast. There are its creeping thi ngs beyond counting, living beings, small and great. There the ships go. Leviathan - t his you formed to play with . All of them look to you to give them food in thei r ti me. ( Psal m l 04:24 27)2 The beautiful interrelatedness of sea ecology, and its total depend­ ence on its divine artisan-creator for sustenance, is powerfully reflected in the literary craft and integrity of this passage. Within it, Leviathan is presented as a centerpiece among the " many things " of God 's creation.

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