in Biblical Myth and Rabbinic Mythmaking

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780198267331
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602078 | DOI:

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This chapter discusses myth and mythmaking in the Hebrew Bible on the basis of two thematic constellations: with reference to a paradigmatic divine action, specifically to a divine battle against the sea, adduced or invoked in conjunction with origin of the world or subsequent acts of divine power; and on the divine personalities themselves who provide sustenance, protection, or military assistance to their faithful subjects. It is argued that the logos model of creation marks a mythic perspective different from the one that views God’s suppression of sea monsters in ancient days a paradigm of His power to destroy the historical enemies of Israel, or otherwise bring salvation. Such a combative model gives a different type of hope to the faithful while showing a theological parallelism between a formative act of origins and ongoing expressions of divine sovereignty.

Keywords: myth; mythmaking; biblical myths; Hebrew Bible; logos model; creation; God

Chapter.  3488 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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