Year: 1986 Source: Annual Meeting of the American Association of Suicidology, (19th: 1986: Atlanta), p.278-280 SIEC No: 19870305

Data is presented to suggest factors promoting & preventing suicide in the Greek & Hebrew traditions. The Greek myth of Narcissus & the Hebrew Book of Jonah represent through Durkheim’s theory different resolutions to boundary confusion. Narcissus is an example of anomic suicide, while Jonah represents a struggle toward self-integration through balance of the personal self & the social self. Covenantal intervention provides a protective sanctuary for this reconciliation.