The Case for Mythological Biblical Criticism

My paper at the Society of Biblical Literature’s Pacific Coast Regional Meeting being held (virtually) right now is entitled “Toward Mythologcal Biblical Criticism: A Preliminary Sketch.” Since the Bible is mythical in character, I argue that scholarly critical methods in bible studies (or at least one form of biblical criticism) should be based on a mythological framework as used in mythological studies. Once I get feedback at the conference and from elsewhere, I intend to turn this short paper into a more detailed article for a scholarly journal, so I would appreciate any comments that anyone may have! The link to the paper on the conference website is: https://sblpcr.wordpress.com/k1-toward-mythological-biblical-criticism-taking-scope/

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6 Responses to The Case for Mythological Biblical Criticism

  1. Henry Galganowicz says:

    Simply outstanding. As a retired parish (Episcopal) priest, I wish your seminal approach had been basic in seminary education 45 yrs ago, and have wished so since then. At a time when Abrahamic religions and denominations are stuck in right/wrong orientations, I believe mythology as underlying context would provide the key to more authentic and holistic teaching, preaching, and ritual life. Thank you for your work and argument.

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    • Thanks, Henry, for taking the time to comment. I’m glad you like it. After I get more feedback form the SBL conference and elsewhere, I plan to turn this short paper into a longer and more detailed article in a scholarly journal.

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  2. gunst01 says:

    In the Panbabylonism diskussion of the 19th and 20th centuries, the mythology of the Bible was discussed at length. Not much would have been missing and the teaching of the Church would have disappeared from the scene, but the German Kaiser ended the discussion. He needed the church for the war

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    • Thanks for your comment. Yes, I’m familiar with the furious interest among biblical specialists following the archaeological discoveries in Mesopotamia, but had not heard about the Kaiser’s actions.

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  3. Lloyd Casson says:

    My friend and colleague, Henry Galganowicz, whose comment is above, just forwarded your post, The Case for Mythological Biblical Criticism. Having only read your brief invitation to read your paper, my heart began racing with excitement.As a retired priest looking back, I hear myself saying, “That’s it! A very loud ditto to Henry’s comment. I couldn’t have said it better.

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    • Thanks, Lloyd, for your comment and interest. As I mentioned in reply to Henry’s comment above, once I receive more feedback form the SBL conference and elsewhere, I intend to turn this short paper into a longer and more detailed article in a scholarly journal.

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