Political Myth: On the Use and Abuse of Biblical Themes
Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2009 pp. x+272. $22.95
New Slant: Religion, Politics, Ontology
Description: In this provocative and necessary work, Roland Boer develops a political myth for the Left: a powerful narrative to be harnessed in support of progressive policy. Boer focuses on foundational stories in the Hexateuch, the first six books of the Bible, from Genesis through Joshua. He contends that the “primal story” that runs from Creation, through the Exodus, and to the Promised Land is a complex political myth, one that has been appropriated recently by the Right to advance reactionary political agendas. To reclaim it in support of progressive political ends, Boer maintains, it is necessary to understand the dynamics of political myth.
Subjects: Bible, Literature, Methods, Ideological Critique
Review by Gilbert Lozano
Citation: Gilbert Lozano, review of Roland Boer, Political Myth: On the Use and Abuse of Biblical Themes, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2010).
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