Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Asking the wrong questions

Often our modern misunderstanding of myth relates to its purpose. Not only may we miss the point of myths due to the nature of the language, but we also may misunderstand its significance (or relevance), which is itself implicit. It becomes a bit easier to appreciate the frequent use of symbols and metaphor in mythic history when we realize how different the ancient concerns were from what our own would be.—Toward a Poetics of Genesis 1-11 , page 55

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We're always asking the wrong questions of the text. We need to really read the text, get inside it, then we can ask questions. But that's too much like work, so we proof-text and use our concordances—and of course, Scofield's Notes!

Remember this?:
My hope is built on nothing less than Scofield's Notes and Moody Press...
Oops, maybe it should be My hope is built on nothing less than Zondervan and Moody Press...no, that's not right either...
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