[NB] Myth in History, briefly considered

I feel like I should say something about the place of myth in history given the last few posts emphasizing the Biblical ‘history’s’ mythological character. It’s a deep pool to wade into but I think there are some statements that I can make which hold in a general sense for most myths, Biblical and otherwise. For those interested in the gritty details of the Mesoretic material I’ve been discussing, let me just point you toward the two Wikipedia articles on Source Criticism and the Documentary Hypothesis as guides for deeper diving.

Keep in mind that one of the reasons we have so much detail about the Biblical material is because we have put so many scholarly resources toward this; consider how comparably fewer have been put toward analyzing other myths.

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