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In Slaying the Dragon: Mythmaking in the Biblical Tradition, Bernard Batto argues that biblical authors, like other ancient Near East authors, used mythic traditions in composing their works. Batto joins massive evidence with masterful argument to show that myth actually lies at the heart of the theological enterprise of the biblical authors. Slaying the Dragon is sure to provoke dicussion on the theological relevance of myth in the biblical tradition.
"Batto argues persuasively that biblical authors, like other ancient Near Eastern authors, used mythic traditions in composing their new syntheses. . . . His bold argument is impressive."--Richard J. Clifford, Professor of Old Testament, Weston School of Theology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
|1||Mythopoeic Speculation in Babylon||15|
|2||The Yahwist's Primeval Myth||41|
|3||The Priestly Revision of the Creation Myth||73|
|4||The Exodus as Myth||102|
|5||Crossing Dry Shod: Mythopoeic Speculation in Cult||128|
|6||Egypt and Gog as Mythic Symbols in Ezekiel||153|
|Epilogue: Mythopoeism in the New Treatmcnt||174|
|Index of Scripture References||233|
|Index of Foreign Words||238|
|Index of Authors||240|
|Index of Subjects||243|