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Though Moby-Dickis one of the most discussed and read works of American literature, the influence of the Bible has been overlooked in many contemporary studies of the novel. In Inscrutable Malice, Jonathan A. Cook expertly illuminates Melville's abiding preoccupation with the problem of evil and the pervasive role of the Bible in shaping his iconic work. Drawing on recent research in the fields of biblical studies, the history of religion, and comparative mythology, Cook provides a new interpretation of Moby-Dickthat places Melville's creative adaptation of the Bible at the center of the novel. Cook identifies two central concerns: the attempt to reconcile the goodness of God with the existence of evil and the discourse of the Christian end times involving the final destruction of evil. With his detailed reading of Moby-Dickand the Bible, Cook makes a significant departure from the approaches of many recent works of Melville criticism. Accessible and erudite, Inscrutable Malicewill appeal to scholars, students, and enthusiasts of Melville's classic novel.