The Bible and Ancient Myths

Part II

People become very nervous when someone uses the word “myth” to describe the Bible. The word has come to have very negative connotations and for the Bible believing Christian it seems like something to avoid. John Walton, a distinguished Old Testament scholar, in this enlightening video for the BioLogos Foundation explores how we should approach and understand myth as regarding the Bible.

Personally I have no problem with describing parts of the Bible as mythical. By this I mean they resemble ancient myths. However finding commonalities between two things does not make them the same. There are some very important things that distinguish those aspects that are mythical from the myths of their time. To see how the Bible compares with ancient myths click here.

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