Jason Reza Jorjani, PhD, is a philosopher and author of Prometheus and Atlas, World State of Emergency, Lovers of Sophia, Novel Folklore: The Blind Owl of Sadegh Hedayat, and Iranian Leviathan: A Monumental History of Mithra’s Abode.
Here he describes the first appearance of “the Leviathan” in the biblical Book of Job, where it is described as a terrifying agent of divine power. In the seventeenth century, Thomas Hobbes used the metaphor of the Leviathan in his classic text arguing for monarchy and the divine right of sovereigns. Ironically, Hobbes’ desire to relegate living religious miracles and revelation to the ancient past can be seen as, actually, undermining the classical notion unifying divine wisdom and divine kingship as seen, for example, in ancient Iran.
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(Recorded on July 5, 2019)
Published on September 15, 2019