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Bibil Identifier bibil:221059
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Mythic Mind Revisited
Title (English, ) Myth and History, or Myth versus History, a Continuing Problem in Biblical Studies
Author Wyatt, N.
Journal Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament (Volume: 22, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Language English
Pages 161-175 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In a 1998 paper (published in 2001 in SJOT 15:3-56) I suggested that myth is not a (literary) genre, being altogether too polymorphous to fit any such formal definition, but rather a mind-set. The opposition often discerned by biblical scholars between myth and history had led to extravagant claims concerning the non-mythic nature of Old Testament narratives, on the ground that their basis often lay in “historical fact.” On the other hand, the status of history in the Old Testament has become almost as contentious in some recent scholarship. This paper raises some fundamental problems, and examines some current tendencies in both areas, and will ask whether it is possible to reach some modus vivendi, in which scholars of diverse persuasions may find some common ground, instead of continuing to talk past each other.
DOI 10.1080/09018320802661168
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Comprehensive Studies
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