Biblical Allusions

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego

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Chapter 98 begins, “Already has it been related how the great Leviathan (see entry 117) is afar off descried from the mast-head; how he is chased over the watery moors, and slaughtered in the valleys of the deep; how he is then towed alongside and beheaded; and how (on the principle which entitled the headsman […]


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In chapter 49, after being rescued from the sea after an encounter with a whale, Ishmael writes his will and says, “I felt all the easier; a stone was rolled away from my heart. Besides, all the days I should now live would be as good as the days that Lazarus lived after his resurrection…” […]


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The historical account of the details of the evil Ahab, king of Israel, and his equally evil wife, Jezebel is not a brief one in Scripture, spanning 209 verses from 1 KINGS 16 : 29-22 : 40. The record includes some of the most fascinating passages and miracles in the Old Testament, such as God commanding ravens to feed Elijah…


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Entry 116 quotes Ishmael’s description of the interior of a whale, in which he mentions “leviathan.” Though portrayed in Ishmael’s description as a whale, the Biblical Leviathan is a large sea creature described by God Himself in JOB 41 : 1-34 as overwhelming…


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Chapter nine of the novel contains Father Mapple’s enthusiastic sermon taken from most of the book of JONAH while Chapter 102 finds Ishmael attempting to describe a few of the “interior structural features” of a whale, when a word of caution emerges: “…have a care how you seize the privilege of Jonah alone; the privilege […]