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Le corbeau, survol d’un oiseau outrenoir dans le ciel biblique

Abstract : Among the birds quoted in the biblical corpus, the raven holds a choice place because of the episode of the flood where it is put against the white dove (Gen 8). Its behavior and the blackness of its plumage contributed much to its bad reputation. It is remarkable that the Epic of Gilgamesh, source of this passage from the Old Testament, opposite the roles. But another pericope related to the prophet Elijah (1 Kings 17) presents the raven in a very different way. It seems a divine, benevolent and feeder messenger there. Whereas in the rabbinical comments the discussion relates primarily to the concepts of pure and impure, the first Christian writings reflect the raven’s symbolic ambivalence and express a contrasted opinion.
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Jean-Marc Vercruysse. Le corbeau, survol d’un oiseau outrenoir dans le ciel biblique. L’Entre-deux, Université d'Artois - Textes & Cultures (EA 4028), 2018, Les oiseaux, de l’animal au symbole, n°3. ⟨hal-03770141⟩



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