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Bailey Jago

on 19 October 2012

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The Biblical allusions in Peace Like a River From Peace Like a River to the Bible The importance of the allusions Peace Like a River Walking on air Sources Enger's work is full of allusion, giving it depth and quality. We feel with these endless references that his characters are part of a real world, of our world. Throughout her work she alludes to things such as old outlaw western stories and written works. No allusions stand out as clearly, or are as important than her allusions to the Bible. With as big a role that religion plays in this book, multiple allusions to biblical stories came out as we were learning about characters. One that became immanent on page 17 and also on page 20 when Jeremiah Land is said to be "walking on air". This alluding to Matthew 14:25 where is is written "Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake." Comparing the two gives Jeremiah a very Godlike reputation that doesn't fail throughout the story. He remains forgiving, prayerful, and also a miracle worker. One famous story from the bible is Mark 8:28. This is where Jesus heals a mans sight. This is alluded to in Enger's story as Jeremiah heals Holgren by putting his hand on his face and muttering things. This holds significance in giving Jeremiah another opportunity to look Godly. Enger, Leif. Peace Like A River. NewYork City, NY: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2002. Print. The very title itself is an allusion from the bible. Issaiah 66:12 states, "For thus says the LORD: “Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream; and you shall nurse, you shall be carried upon her hip, and bounced upon her knees." This allusion gives the books title a meaning of a place to be flowing with peace, and plentiful riches, basically paradise. The irony in this is the quest for a "paradise" with peace in it is a conflict in the book. Hands to the Face Bibles, Zondervan. Pew Bible-KJV-Large Print. Zondervan, 2010. Print.
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