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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

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(p.13) 1 Myth as historia divina and historia sacra
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Jan Assmann

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206575.003.0002

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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