“Not your grandmother’s bible”-a comparative study of the biblical deluge myth in film

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The biblical story of the Flood, which portrays a humanity worthy of annihilation, is the fundamental myth used by generations of interpreters as they radically criticized the society and culture in which they lived. Accordingly, the Deluge myth’s various versions and interpretations over the years mirror ever-changing cultural dilemmas and values. Our comparative-historic study observes this mirror and how changes in modern Western culture are reflected in it through the analysis of selected films. It exemplifies the representation and evolution of the Deluge myth in cinema from its inception to the present day and demonstrates that the myth’s cinematic adaptation and its infusion with current interpretations turn it into an imminent apocalyptic threat. Apparently, the Flood becomes a relevant concern involving a wide scope of cultural, theological, and ethical issues, e.g., the problem of evil, ecology, the treatment of animals, family values, feminism, the Other, and deification of science and technology.

Original languageEnglish
Article number542
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2019
Externally publishedYes

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  • Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic films
  • Bible films
  • Comparative study
  • Deluge
  • Ecology
  • Feminism
  • Feminism
  • Flood
  • Popular culture
  • Science-fiction
  • Theodicy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies


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