The Bible among the Myths: Unique Revelation or Just Ancient Literature?

The Bible among the Myths: Unique Revelation or Just Ancient Literature?
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Oswalt, John N.


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Sixty years ago, most biblical scholars maintained that Israel’s religion was unique—that it stood in marked contrast to the faiths of its ancient Near Eastern neighbors. Nowadays, it is widely argued that Israel’s religion mirrors that of other West Semitic societies. What accounts for this radical change, and what are its implications for our understanding of the Old Testament? Dr. John N. Oswalt says the root of this new attitude lies in Western society’s hostility to the idea of revelation, which presupposes a reality that transcends the world of the senses, asserting the existence of a realm humans cannot control. While not advocating a “the Bible says it, and I believe it, and that settles it” point of view, Oswalt asserts convincingly that while other ancient literatures all see reality in essentially the same terms, the Bible differs radically on all the main points. The Bible Among the Myths supplies a necessary corrective to those who reject the Old Testament’s testimony about a transcendent God who breaks into time and space and reveals himself in and through human activity.

208 Pages
Published August 2009

About the Author

Dr. John N. Oswalt (PhD, Brandeis University) is Visiting Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is the author of numerous articles and several books, including the two-volume commentary on Called to be Holy: A Biblical Perspective.

Book Details

208 Pages
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication Date: August 2009
ISBN 10: 0310285097
ISBN 13: 9780310285090

For more than a century people have been debating the relationship between myth and history and how the biblical narratives fit into this debate. in offering readers an accessible introduction to this discussion. John Oswalt highlights the distinctiveness of the biblical worldview . . . This book will be extremely helpful for both undergraduate and graduate students, offering a carefully reasoned response to the critical scholarship of our time."
- Daniel I. Block, Gunther H Knoedler Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College