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Myth, History and Metaphor in the Hebrew Bible
Cho, Paul K.-K.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019 pp. xii + 265. $105.00


Description: This book examines the long-debated issue of the relationship between the Hebrew Bible and ancient Near Eastern myths. Using an innovative, interdisciplinary methodology that combines theories of metaphor and narrative, Paul Cho argues that the Hebrew Bible is more deeply mythological than previously recognized. Because the Hebrew Bible contains fragments of the sea myth but no continuous narrative, the study of myth in the Hebrew Bible is usually circumscribed to the level of motifs and themes. Cho challenges this practice and demonstrates that the Hebrew Bible contains shorter and longer compositions studded with imagery that are structured by the plot of sea myths. Through close analysis of key Near Eastern myths and biblical texts, Cho shows that myth had a more fundamental influence on the plot structure and conceptual framework of the Hebrew Bible than has been recognized.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Ancient Near Eastern History, Literary Approaches

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Review by Amy L. Balogh
Published 12/5/2019
Citation: Amy L. Balogh, review of Paul K.-K. Cho, Myth, History and Metaphor in the Hebrew Bible, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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