Argonauts of the Desert: Structural Analysis of the Hebrew Bible

1st Edition

Philippe Wajdenbaum

Routledge
Published October 1, 2011
Reference - 224 Pages
ISBN 9781845539245 - CAT# Y174819
Series: Copenhagen International Seminar

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Summary

'Argonauts of the Desert' presents a revolutionary new commentary on the Bible and its origins, arguing that most biblical stories and laws were inspired by Greek literature. From Genesis to Kings, the books of the Bible may have been written by a single author, a Hellenized Judean scholar who used Plato's ideal state in The Laws as a primary source. As such, biblical Israel is a recreation of that twelve tribes State and the stories surrounding the birth, life and death of that State were inspired by Greek epics. Each chapter presents the biblical material and compares this to the Greek or Roman equivalents, discussing similarities and differences.

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