by James c. Nohrnberg James c. Nohrnberg has taught Bible and literature classes at Harvard (1967), Yale (1969-74), and the University of Virginia (where he has been Professor of English since 1975). He has published on Homer, Dante, Spenser, Milton, and Thomas Pynchon, and teaches Shakespeare. A student of the late Northrop Frye, he is the author of The AtUllogy of 'The Faerie Queene' (1976, Imt. pb. edn., 1981). The present paper is part of a long-term project on the Bible. He it is who fashioneth you in the wombs as pleaseth Him. There is no God save Him, the Almighty, the Wise. He it is Who hath revealed unto thee the Scripture wherein are clear revelations-They are the substance of the Book-and others allegorical. But those, in whose hearts is doubt, pursue, forsooth, that which is allegorical, seeking dissension by seeking to explain it. -The Koran, Surah nI, 6f., after M. M. Pickthall trans! I. The Bible was written to be read, but it was also read in order to be written. God saw, as it were, that Israel could be brought into existence in the form of a story. From this proposition two corollaries follow. First,
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