Re: George's reply to Howard

From: Robert Schneider (
Date: Mon Dec 09 2002 - 13:31:28 EST

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    See my comment, below, to Jay and George's remarks.

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    From: "George Murphy" <>
    To: "Jay Willingham" <>
    Cc: "ASA" <>
    Sent: Monday, December 09, 2002 7:58 AM
    Subject: Re: George's reply to Howard

    > 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
    > > 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."
    > Shalom,
    > George
    > George L. Murphy
    Bob's comment:

         In fact, I have not read any commentor on Gen. 1-11 on this list who has
    argued that these narratives are mythology in any but its technical sense,
    certainly not as equivalent to "fairy tale." If there is any "exaggeration"
    here, it is in the remarks of those who wrongly accuse others of this
    charge. It is wearisome to have to keep defending one's self and others
    against polemical attacks such as these, but I'll continue to do so.

    Peace, also,

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