This book examines the long-debated issue of the relationship
between the Hebrew Bible and ancient Near Eastern myths. Using an
innovative, interdisciplinary methodology that combines theories of
metaphor and narrative, Paul Cho argues that the Hebrew Bible is
more deeply mythological than previously recognized. Because the
Hebrew Bible contains fragments of the sea myth but no continuous
narrative, the study of myth in the Hebrew Bible is usually
circumscribed to the level of motifs and themes. Cho challenges
this practice and demonstrates that the Hebrew Bible contains
shorter and longer compositions studded with imagery that are
structured by the plot of sea myths. Through close analysis of key
Near Eastern myths and biblical texts, Cho shows that myth had a
more fundamental influence on the plot structure and conceptual
framework of the Hebrew Bible than has been recognized.
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