Click here to get the answers to the most commonly asked RBL questions.

Review of Biblical Literature Blog

The Dragon, the Mountain, and the Nations: An Old Testament Myth, Its Origins, and Its Afterlives
Miller II, Robert D.

University Park, PA: Eisenbrauns, 2018 pp. viii + 399. $64.95

Series Information
Explorations in Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations, 6


Description: The Dragon, the Mountain, and the Nations investigates the origins, manifestations, and meanings of a myth that plays a major role in the Hebrew Bible and a substantial role in the New Testament: the dragon-slaying myth. The dragon-slaying myth has a hoary ancestry, extending back long before its appearance in the Hebrew Bible, and a vast range, spanning as far as India and perhaps even Japan. This book is a chronicle of its trajectories and permutations. The target of this study is the biblical myth. This target, however, is itself a fluid tradition, responding to and reworking extrabiblical myths and reworking its own myths. In this study, Robert Miller examines the dragon and dragon-slaying myth throughout India, the proto-Indo-European cultures, and Iran, and among the Hittites as well as other ancient Near Eastern and Mesopotamian traditions, and then throughout the Bible, including Genesis, the Psalms, Daniel, and ultimately the New Testament and the book of Revelation. He shows how the myth pervades many cultures and many civilizations and that the dragon is always conquered, despite its many manifestations. In his conclusion, Miller points out the importance of the myth as a hermeneutic for understanding key parts of biblical literature.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, New Testament, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Old Testament Apocrypha, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Ancient Near Eastern History, Form, Tradition and Redaction Criticism, Theological Approaches, Comparative Religion

Login to Read the Review(s)

You must be a member of SBL to read the review(s). In May 2019, SBL improved security of its main site with a new login procedure that requires an email address and a password, instead of an SBL member number. RBLís login procedure is now synched to SBLís. Please use your email address and SBL password to log in to RBL. Your use of this site indicates your acceptance of RBLís Terms of Use.


Email Address
SBL Password
 
  
 Forgot Your Password
 Join SBL or Renew Membership


Review by Mark McEntire
Published 3/14/2019
Citation: Mark McEntire, review of Robert D. Miller, The Dragon, the Mountain, and the Nations: An Old Testament Myth, Its Origins, and Its Afterlives, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


Review by Brandon R. Grafius
Published 4/11/2019
Citation: Brandon R. Grafius, review of Robert D. Miller II, The Dragon, the Mountain, and the Nations: An Old Testament Myth, Its Origins, and Its Afterlives, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


Adobe Acrobat Reader
All RBL reviews are published in PDF format. To view these reviews, you must have downloaded and installed the FREE version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the Reader or you have an older version of the Reader, you can download the most recent version now.

 

 
Privacy PolicyTerms of UseContact Us