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Re-thinking Biblical Story and Myth: Selected Lectures at the Theodor Herzl Institute, 1986-1995

Re-thinking Biblical Story and Myth: Selected Lectures at the Theodor Herzl Institute, 1986-1995

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  • ISBN-13: 9780761811664
  • Publisher: UPA
  • Release Date: Aug 06, 1998
  • Pages: 104 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.67 x 9.28 x 6.16 inches

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Overview

Re-thinking Biblical Story and Myth consists of selected non-doctrinal lectures presented at the Theodor Herzl Institute in New York City over ten years. A probing perspective that counters the usual confusion of the historical with the moral landscape, while cautioning against a literalist reading of biblical narrative, unites the individual lectures. This type of reading forces a recognition that a mode of thought appropriate for moral comprehension is rarely suitable for historical interpretation. In addition, this work calls for a re-assessment of some highly prized and fairly common perspectival usages applied to biblical content.
Overall, the author calls for a re-orientation of modes of thought in interpreting biblical content focusing on the distinction between a moral lesson and the impulse towards historicization characterized by such stories as Adam and Eve.

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