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Book Discussion: Noah & Odysseus: Clothing, Custom, Law


Princess Nausikaa encounters shipwrecked Odysseus*

In Genesis 9 and Odyssey 6, Noah and Odysseus endure the humiliation of nakedness, from which they are rescued by the prudence of Shem and Japheth in Genesis and the feistiness of the princess Nausikaa in the Odyssey. What can the actions and narrative style of these stories tell us about the cultures of ancient Israel and Greece? Join Professor of Hebrew and Biblical theology Dr. Jordan Jones and the Library Book Club for a discussion of these brief episodes from two of the foundational books of Western Civilization. We will conclude our meeting with a look at Homer’s image of the marriage bed of Odysseus and Penelope as a symbolic tree of life and compare it with the Tree of Life in Genesis and Proverbs. For more information and links to suggested readings, see the Library Book Club webpage.

What: Library Book Club
When: February 24, 2023, 12:00 pm
Where: Library Conference Room and Zoom.

*Alice and Martin Provensen, “Odysseus & Nausicaa,” 1956, in The Iliad and the Odyssey, (Golden Press, 1956) https://www.flickr.com/photos/16472880@N06/3394901226/