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Noah's Flood: The Genesis Story and Natural Disasters in Early Modern Times

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Different interpretations of the biblical deluge give us an idea of various modes of perceptions of natural disasters in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In analysing these interpretations we learn much about early modern European ways of thinking about nature, mankind and the relationship between both. In this way such an analysis becomes an important part of an ambitious project of environmental history that deals with relationships between man and nature in history.
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Keywords: Johann Jakob Scheuchzer; Noah's flood; Thomas Burnett; catastrophism; deluge; diluvialism; diluvium; history of the earth; natural disaster; perception; physico-theology; relationship between man and nature; uniformitarianism; world-makers

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 May 2003

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  • Environment and History is an interdisciplinary journal which aims to bring scholars in the humanities and biological sciences closer together, with the deliberate intention of constructing long and well-founded perspectives on present day environmental problems.

    Environment and History has a Journal Impact Factor (2017) of 0.538. 5 Year Impact Factor: 0.792.
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