Re: George's reply to Howard

From: George Murphy (
Date: Mon Dec 09 2002 - 07:58:50 EST

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    Jay Willingham wrote:
    > Jim wrote:
    > " ...With a few exceptions, I think
    > most of this list has accepted Gen 1-11 as mythology/exaggeration.
    > It's gotten a little boring to talk about."
    > I'm coming in on the tail end of this, but I believe I am one of the "few
    > exceptions".
    > How few are we?

            I do not think that Gen.1-11 is historical narrative (though
    it contains some
    items of historical information) or a modern scientific account, and
    I do think that it
    contains some mythological elements, especially in the form of
    "broken myth." But it
    would be highly inaccurate to say that my view of these chapters is
    "mythology/exaggeration" - especially if "mythology" is understood to
    mean (as I suspect
    it does here) something equivalent to "fairy tale."


    George L. Murphy

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