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Re: [XTalk] Mythic Past

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  • James Covey
    ... you really want to be reading Donald Harman Akenson: _Surpassing Wonder : The Invention of the Bible and the Talmuds_ and _Saint Saul: A Skeleton Key to
    Message 1 of 6 , Oct 6, 2000
      Neil Godfrey wrote on Fri, 6 Oct 2000 09:16:37 +0000:

      >Speaking of myth, I wonder if anyone can point me to discussion of
      >the 'New Testament' gospels and epistles as possible direct
      >continuations of the 'Old Testament's' intellectual world.
      >
      >If the literature of 'the old testament' is essentially a metaphor
      >(mythic creation?) of 'a new and true remnant 'Israel' replacing an
      >old and failed and vanished 'Israel' as part of an identification
      >'program' for an uprooted people settled beside 'strangers' who are
      >sometimes godfearing and often antagonistic, then is it unreasonable
      >to explore the possibility that the gospels are essentially an
      >extension of this identification 'program' for a post 70 ce
      >generation? And if valid, does such a perspective change or add to
      >any 'mythic' portrayal of Jesus as hitherto understood?

      you really want to be reading Donald Harman Akenson:
      _Surpassing Wonder : The Invention of the Bible and the Talmuds_
      and _Saint Saul: A Skeleton Key to the Historical Jesus_.

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      James R. Covey
      Contributing Writer
      The Coast "Halifax's Weekly"
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