From the June, 2002 issue of Touchstone
Unpacking Grimms by Dale Nelson

Book Review

Unpacking Grimms

The Owl, the Raven, and the Dove: The Religious Meaning of the Grimms’ Magic Fairy Tales by G. Ronald Murphy

New York: Oxford University Press, 2000
(189 pages; $29.95, cloth)

reviewed by Dale Nelson

The author’s intention is indicated in his subtitle, but one’s confidence in his capacity as explicator of the stories’ Christian significance, as opposed to some kind of “religious” meaning, is not strong.

One finds phrases such as “the ‘Incarnation’ of the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, as the breath of Adam and ‘the l . . .


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