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Book Review Summary of Oswalt, John, N.“ The Bible Among the Myths.” Anglican Theological Review (Spring 2003): 341-360.

OBST 590 LUO (Summer 2013)

Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary

Lee B Yarbrough (ID# L5943213)

June 2, 2013

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION 1
PART I. The Bible and Myth
Chapter 1. The Bible in Its World 2
Chapter 2. The Bible and Myths: A problem of Definition 3
Chapter 3. Continuity: The basis of Mythical Thinking 4
Chapter 4. Transcendence: Basis of Biblical Thinking 5
Chapter 5. The Bible Versus Myth 6

PART II. The Bible and History

Chapter 6. The Bible and History: A Problem of Defition 7
Chapter 7. Is the Bible Truly Historical? The Problem of History (1) 8
Chapter 8. Does It Matter Whether the Bible is Historical? The Problem of History (2) 9
Chapter 9. Origins of the Biblical Worldview: Alternatives 10 Conclusions 11

Introduction

Oswalt starts with a concise and well-written introduction that is compelling reading. He shares some very revealing personal information dating back to the 1960s, when he attended Asbury Theological Seminary. Oswalt quickly points out that one of the main points the book will focus on is determining if “the religion of the Old Testament [is] essentially similar to, or essentially different from, the religions of its neighbors.”
In the introduction, he provides a brief overview of scholarly thought regarding the Old Testament literature and Ancient Near East literature and how perspectives have changed over the last 50 years. Oswalt states at the time he was introduced to the subject, scholars believed the Old Testament and its theology stood alone from other Ancient Near East religions. He now contends...

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