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Avigdor Shinan and Valerie Zakovitch: "From Gods to God: How the Bible Debunked, Suppressed, or Changed Ancient Myths and Legends"

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"The ancient Israelites believed things that the writers of the Bible wanted them to forget: myths and legends from a pre-biblical world that the new monotheist order needed to bury, hide, or reinterpret.

Ancient Israel was rich in such literary traditions before the Bible reached the final form that we have today. These traditions were not lost but continued, passed down through the ages. Many managed to reach us in post-biblical sources: rabbinic literature, Jewish Hellenistic writings, the writings of the Dead Sea sect, the Aramaic, Greek, Latin, and other ancient translations of the Bible, and even outside the ancient Jewish world in Christian and Islamic texts. The Bible itself sometimes alludes to these traditions, often in surprising contexts.

Written in clear and accessible language, this volume presents thirty such traditions. It voyages behind the veil of the written Bible to reconstruct what was told and retold among the ancient Israelites, even if it is “not what the Bible tells us."

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"The Hebrew Bible—what Christianity calls the Old Testament—is a collection of texts containing stories that '... aimed to persuade readers of the existence of one god and of their relationship with that god.' In compiling, editing, and shaping these texts into the books we know today, the biblical authors had to contend with other vibrant, prebiblical traditions, aspects of which were oftentimes inconvenient. Shinan and Zakovitch approach 30 specific Bible stories (e.g., Was Goliath really slain by a young boy named David?) as literary archaeologists, sifting through varying accounts in the biblical texts themselves and examining extrabiblical sources for evidence of alternate versions. Their thoughtful and sympathetic exegesis uncovers possible explanations why the biblical authors saw their interpretations of these stories as best suited to instruct a nation. Most important, they introduce the oral and literary traditions of ancient Israel with breathtaking clarity and ease."
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Originally written: 2009-MAY-03
Latest update: 2015-FEB-02
Author: B.A. Robinson
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