Chapter

Personalization and Historicization of the Combat Motif: In Prayer and Prophecy

MICHAEL FISHBANE

in Biblical Myth and Rabbinic Mythmaking

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780198267331
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602078 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198267339.003.0004
 Personalization and Historicization of the Combat Motif: In Prayer and Prophecy

Show Summary Details

Preview

This chapter argues that while myths derive their effect because they narrate something ancient and believed true, mythic metaphors open up an ironic space between the image (the dragon or the sea) and its vehicle (the person or the nation). These are effective because they are perceived to be both true and not true at the same time. The mythopoesis in Job 7:12 and Psalm 44 are discussed.

Keywords: myths; mythic metaphors; mythopoesis; Job; Psalm; mythic combat; prayer

Chapter.  2613 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.