New Book: The Bible Among the Myths

Courtesy of Jesse Hillman at Zondervan I got a copy of John N. Oswalt’s The Bible Among the Myths: Unique Revelation or Just Ancient Literature?  (Zondervan, 2009).   It just came out this month!  It came yesterday but I’ve been too busy to really look it over but I am really looking forward to it.  It’s only 208 pages too so it’s not overwhleming reading!  It’ll help me on my need to have a better grasp on Hebrew Bible/Old Testament issues.   He does address the life of Jesus and Bultmann too so that should be interesting since Bultmann is really taking some hits lately around the biblioblogsphere!  And I know he has a solid pastoral approach to things so I know it will help me as well in that respect. 

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From the Zondervan Website:

OswaltThe Bible Among the Myths is a sometimes controversial, always engaging corrective to a growing rejection in Western society of the revelation found within the Old Testament regarding a transcendent God who breaks into time and space and reveals himself in and through human activity.

Description: 
Sixty years ago, most biblical scholars maintained that Israel’s religion was unique—that it stood in marked contrast to the faiths of its ancient Near Eastern neighbors.  Nowadays, it is widely argued that Israel’s 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, which presupposes a reality that transcends the world of the senses, asserting the existence of a realm humans 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 while other ancient literatures all see reality in essentially the same terms, the Bible differs radically on all the main points.  The Bible Among the Myths supplies a necessary corrective to those who reject the Old Testament’s testimony about a transcendent God who breaks into time and space and reveals himself in and through human activity.

Looks pretty interesting!  Review forthcoming! 

ps. I know too I want to get his commentaries on Isaiah too.

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11 responses to “New Book: The Bible Among the Myths

  1. “..Oswalt asserts convincingly that while other ancient literatures all see reality in essentially the same terms, the Bible differs radically on all the main points.”
    I’ll look forward to reading your review, dear Brian, since this point (made in the quote by Zondervan) has been asserted and then summarily demolished about 95,000 times (or maybe less) in the history of the scholarship and theology on this topic in the past, say, 100 years. So good luck to Oswalt! Happy reading, be sure to get back to us…

    • Well, I guess we’ll have to see about that now, won’t we? 😉 Really, I had no idea, but I’ll keep my eyes open. That’s me being ignert about these sorts of things Mr. Brian!

  2. Hi! I really would like to know his view of the firmament in Gen., can you please skip to that and email me briefly what he saws? I know Beale argues against a firm firmament. Does Oswalt?

    • not sure if he address this issue or not. if I come across it I’ll try to let you know – it’s not strictly dealing with Genesis 1 per se but with the Bible amon myths.

  3. Thanks, any evidence that Oswalt favors any particular view of creation/evolution ?

    I’m finishing my paper soon, need to know.

    I suspect his views are a lot like G. K. Beale’s, but I could be wrong.

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