In an epic encounter between Captain Ahab and a white whale, Herman Melville’s, Moby Dick, has become one of the most famous novels of all time! And yet on October 18, 1851, when it was first published in London as “The Whale”—it was a commercial--flop!
It wasn’t until after his death that Melville was recognized as a premier novelist” of the 19th century. And extensive scholarly study of his writings reveals Melville knew and used the King James Bible. Evidenced by his underlining and marginal notes in sections of his personal Bible, to his choice of character names like—Elijah, Ishmael, and Ahab—to the dramatic themes in Moby Dick influenced by the book of Noah, Job and Ecclesiastes.
The Bible—continuing in its impact and influence in every aspect of culture!