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The Bible Among the Myths

Paperback|Jul 2009
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Many modern scholars say Israelite religion simply mirrors that of other West Semitic societies. Dr. John N. Oswalt believes the root of this attitude lies in hostility to the idea of revelation. This accessible book reasserts the biblical concept of...


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Many modern scholars say Israelite religion simply mirrors that of other West Semitic societies. Dr. John N. Oswalt believes the root of this attitude lies in hostility to the idea of revelation. This accessible book reasserts the biblical concept of a transcendent God who breaks into time and space and reveals himself in and through human activity.
^Sixty years ago, biblical scholars typically maintained that Israel's religion was unique, that it stood in marked contrast to the faiths of its ancient Near Eastern neighbors. But nowadays it is widely affirmed that Israelite 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. People object to revelation, which presupposes a reality that transcends the world of the senses, for it assumes the existence of a realm they 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 the Bible's historical claims cannot be disassociated from its theological claims.


^ ^He shows that whereas other ancient literatures all see reality in essentially the same terms, the Bible differs radically on all the main points.


^ ^This accessible book supplies a necessary corrective to rejecting the Old Testament's testimony about a transcendent God who breaks into time and space and reveals himself in and through human activity.


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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 287063
  • Product Code 9780310285090
  • ISBN 0310285097
  • EAN 9780310285090
  • UPC 025986285098
  • Pages 208
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category Old Testament
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Jul 2009
  • Sales Rank 49692
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 12mm
  • Weight 0.281kg

John N Oswalt

Dr. John N. Oswalt (Ph.D., Brandeis University) is research professor of Old Testament at Wesley Biblical Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. He is the author of numerous articles and several books, including the two-volumes Isaiah 1-39, Isaiah 40-66 (New International Commentary on the Old Testament series), Isaiah (NIV Application Commentary), Called to be Holy: A Biblical Perspective and most recently The Bible among the Myths: Unique Revelation or Just Ancient Literature?
Koorong - Editorial Review.

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