Mythic Past: Biblical Archaeology and the Myth of Israel

Mythic Past: Biblical Archaeology and the Myth of Israel

by Thomas Thompson
     
 

In The Mystic Past , controversial historian and biblical scholar Thomas L. Thompson argues that the stories that appear in the Bible are poetry, myth, and metaphor, not historical fact. These stories may be true to the human heart, but not to historical fact. Placing the Bible in a social and cultural context, Thompson's provocative text offers insight

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In The Mystic Past , controversial historian and biblical scholar Thomas L. Thompson argues that the stories that appear in the Bible are poetry, myth, and metaphor, not historical fact. These stories may be true to the human heart, but not to historical fact. Placing the Bible in a social and cultural context, Thompson's provocative text offers insight into biblical events as the ancients understood them, and he shows why biblical narratives are confused with historical records.

AMONG THE ISSUES HE CONSIDERS ARE:
  • The Bible and its authors
  • The Social, intellectual, and literary context of the bible
  • Myths of origins and stories about how humanity began
  • The Bible's image of God
  • Narrative roots of a Son of God
  • Literary tradition and biblical narratives
  • How historians create a past

Clearly challenging the belief that every word of the Bible is literally true, this book is required reading for anyone who would participate in that debate.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781567317046
Publisher:
MJF Books
Publication date:
03/25/2005
Pages:
412
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.22(d)

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