Re: [XTalk] Mythic Past
- Neil Godfrey wrote on Fri, 6 Oct 2000 09:16:37 +0000:
>Speaking of myth, I wonder if anyone can point me to discussion ofyou really want to be reading Donald Harman Akenson:
>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?
_Surpassing Wonder : The Invention of the Bible and the Talmuds_
and _Saint Saul: A Skeleton Key to the Historical Jesus_.
James R. Covey
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