Item description for Slaying the Dragon: Mythmaking in the Biblical Tradition by Bernard F. Batto...
Overview "Batto argues persuasively that biblical authors, like other ancient Near Eastern authors, used mythic traditions in composing their new syntheses. . . . His bold argument is impressive".--Richard J. Clifford, Professor of Old Testament, Weston School of Theology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
In "Slaying the Dragon: Mythmaking in the Biblical Tradition," Bernard Batto argues that biblical authors, like other ancient Near East authors, used mythic traditions in composing their works. Batto joins massive evidence with masterful argument to show that myth actually lies at the heart of the theological enterprise of the biblical authors. "Slaying the Dragon" is sure to provoke dicussion on the theological relevance of myth in the biblical tradition.
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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.06" Width: 6" Height: 0.73" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 1992
Publisher Presbyterian Publishing Corpor
ISBN 0664253539 ISBN13 9780664253530
Availability 0 units.
More About Bernard F. Batto
Bernard F. Batto is Professor of Religious Studies at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.
Reviews - What do customers think about Slaying the Dragon?
Slaying the Dragon May 19, 2000
This book discusses many theories for the origin of torah stories. However, I found that the books' hypotheses differ widely from the most accepted scholarly accounts. I am not sure that I believed all of the proposals that the author puts forth. If you are interested in far reaching alternatives to tradiational scholarship, then this book is for you. If you wish to review a more classical account of biblical origins try Cyrus Gorden's "The Ancient Near East."
Batto is genius May 10, 2000
I found "Slaying the Dragon" to be enlightening, and very informative. Batto's style of writing clearly presents the ancient near-eastern myths in a easy to understand fashion. His book is a must for any student of Hebrew scripture, and a key to understanding the origins of the Old Testament.