The Mythic Past   -     By: Thomas L. Thompson
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The Mythic Past

Running Press Book Publishers / 2000 / Paperback

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The Mythic Past provides refreshing new ways to read the Old Testament as the great literature it was meant to be. At the same time, its controversial conclusions about Jewish history are sure to prove incendiary in a worldwide debate about one of the world's seminal texts, and one of its most bitterly contested regions.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 432
Vendor: Running Press Book Publishers
Publication Date: 2000
Dimensions: 8 X 5.31 (inches)
ISBN: 0465006493
ISBN-13: 9780465006496

Publisher's Description

The Jewish people's historical claims to a small area of land bordering the eastern Mediterranean are not only the foundation for the modern state of Israel, they are also at the very heart of Judeo-Christian belief. Yet in The Mythic Past, Thomas Thompson argues that such claims are grounded in literary myth, not history. Among the author's startling conclusions are these:• There never was a "united monarch" of Israel in biblical times• We can no longer talk about a time of the Patriarchs• The entire notion of "Israel" and its history is a literary fiction.The Mythic Past provides refreshing new ways to read the Old Testament as the great literature it was meant to be. At the same time, its controversial conclusions about Jewish history are sure to prove incendiary in a worldwide debate about one of the world's seminal texts, and one of its most bitterly contested regions.

Author Bio

Thomas L. Thompson is one of the leading biblical archaeologists in the world. He was awarded a National Endowment fellowship, has taught at Lawrence and Marquette Universities in Wisconsin, and currently teaches at the University of Copenhagen, which has one of the most prestigious Biblical Studies programs in the world. His book, The Early History of the Israelite People, a famously controversial book at the time, is now a standard text in the field. He lives in Denmark.

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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    December 31, 2007
    Joel Armstrong
    An interesting book, because it is not anti-Bible, it just wants us to not look at the Bible in historical perspective. It wants us to look at the Bible as a series of mythical stories. In a increasingly post-theological world, this book provides an different perspective on the Bible.
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    July 5, 2001
    Eug
    Anti-Bible, extremely radical liberal deconstruction of Scripture. Highly recommended for atheists and others who despise God. Believers would do well not to waste time reading it.
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