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Scriptural ExegesisThe Shapes of Culture and the Religious Imagination: Essays in Honour of Michael Fishbane$
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Deborah A. Green and Laura S. Lieber

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199206575

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206575.001.0001

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Myth as historia divina and historia sacra

Myth as historia divina and historia sacra

(p.13) 1 Myth as historia divina and historia sacra
Scriptural Exegesis

Jan Assmann

Oxford University Press

Taking Fishbane's groundbreaking methodological work in biblical mythology, this chapter explores the possibility of applying these insights to a range of non-Israelite historical and mythological texts. It argues that such a thing as the narrative representation of the past is anything but normal and self-evident. It requires a general cultural option for change over against identity and continuity. The past, in order to become the subject of such a representation, must in itself possess a kind of narrative structure.

Keywords:   Michael Fishbane, narrative representation, biblical history, ancient Egyptian mythology, ancient Mesopotamian mythology

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