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101 Myths of the Bible: How Ancient Scribes Invented Biblical History Paperback – September 1, 2002
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Gary Greenberg is the author of The Moses Mystery: The African Origins of the Jewish People. He is a member Society of Biblical Literature, The Egypt Exploration Society, The American Research Center in Egypt and The Archaeological Institute of America. He has addressed The International Conference of Egyptologists, The Society of Biblical Literature and conferences held by the American Research Center in Egypt. He is a senior trial lawyer for the Criminal Defense Division of the Legal Aid Society in New York City.
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The title is a bit unfortunate, as it has a negative connotation of debunking myths, but the truth is that the book gives you the historical and theological sources for each bible story. So, while we all may have read of Gilgamesh in relation to Noah's Ark story, Greenberg brings dozens of similar stories from the surrounding cultures of the time for EACH of the biblical stories.
While I knew of some of the Ugaritic stories, the bulk of background information in this book is about Egyptian stories, most of which were new to me.
If you are looking for tools to help you think about the bible in "rational" rather than "faith" terms, then you will probably find this book interesting, as I did.
I like to think of the bible, besides as being the first-ever, greatest-ever and largest-scale-ever literary and poetic work, also as the "state of the art" of the most advanced thinkers of the day. If you think of it in that light, then you would want to know what others knew and were thinking at the time. Greenberg's book (like all his other books) gives you exactly the background you are probably missing to judge this claim. If the bible encompasses everything what was known and understood back THEN about creation, history, genealogy, theology, morality and law, then you would hope and expect it to contain all prior knowledge known to humanity at the time of its writing.
That sounds like a parting of the water to me. Now I don't believe it happened that way either, but if you want to make a point, don't stop reading the text you are quoting, but only as far as you want.
Otherwise very illuminating and a fun read.