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The Conflict Myth and the Biblical Tradition

Debra Scoggins Ballentine


The divine warrior defeats the sea-god or sea-dragon to secure his throne. For over two thousand years, authors adapted this theme of divine combat in order to validate their preferred ideologies and socio-political arrangements, and to delegitimize others. The conflict topos was adapted within literature from Mesopotamia, ancient Syria, and Judah; in the first- and early second-century CE Judean milieu, including traditions focused on Jesus/Christos; and in select rabbinic texts. A king, such as the biblical king David or Assyrian king Sennacherib, dynasty, group, or institution identified wi ... More

Keywords: myth theory, divine combat, sea-god, David, Jesus, Mesopotamia, Judah

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199370252
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199370252.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Debra Scoggins Ballentine, author
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey