Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Divinity (B.Div)


Systematic Theology

First Advisor

Jaroslav Pelikan

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Jeremiah 31:15;


This critique is to clarify the relation of the ship Rachel to the rest of the story. The Rachel carries with it certain symbolical implications that have been neglected in in interpretations and criticisms of Moby-Dick. In chapter CXXVIII, “The Pequod Meets the Rachel,” the symbolic meaning suggest Jacob’s wife Rachel crying in the wilderness because her sons are not, Jeremiah 31:15. The continuation of this symbolism in the epilogue would include a more definite recognition of the influence of Christianity on Melville then some critics would admit, namely, that Ishmael’s rescue by the Rachel symbolically is Christian brotherly love effecting it universal significance in answer to Melville’s problem.

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