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Biblical Myth and Rabbinic Mythmaking$
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Michael Fishbane

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198267331

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0198267339.001.0001

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Personalization and Historicization of the Combat Motif: In Prayer and Prophecy

Personalization and Historicization of the Combat Motif: In Prayer and Prophecy

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(p.58) 3 Personalization and Historicization of the Combat Motif: In Prayer and Prophecy
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Biblical Myth and Rabbinic Mythmaking
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MICHAEL FISHBANE

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198267339.003.0004

This chapter argues that while myths derive their effect because they narrate something ancient and believed true, mythic metaphors open up an ironic space between the image (the dragon or the sea) and its vehicle (the person or the nation). These are effective because they are perceived to be both true and not true at the same time. The mythopoesis in Job 7:12 and Psalm 44 are discussed.

Keywords:   myths, mythic metaphors, mythopoesis, Job, Psalm, mythic combat, prayer

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