My review of The Bible among the Myths: Unique Revelation or Just Ancient Literature (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2009), by John Oswalt, has been published in Review of Biblical Literature.
The following is an excerpt from the review:
Evangelicals affirm that the Bible is a unique book because it is the result of divine
revelation and not merely the work of human authors. However, the discovery of several religious writings from other ancient Near Eastern cultures has led many biblical scholars to deny the claim that the Bible is the result of divine revelation. The issue Oswalt addresses in his book is whether the Bible is a unique revelation from God or just another literary product among the religious literature of the ancient Near East.
Oswalt believes that the way Israel conceived and thought about its God and the way other cultures in the ancient Near East thought about their gods was so different that scholarly views that Israel adapted their religious ideas from the religions of their neighbors could not explain this difference. Was Israelite religion another religion comparable to other religions in the West Semitic world, or was the religion of the Bible unique because God revealed himself in the historical events narrated in the Bible?
Many people today do not accept the idea that the Bible, although written by human beings, is the product of divine revelation.
I believe that Oswalt is right on his assessment of the Bible. Modesty apart, I believe that you should read my review because what Oswalt writes is what evangelicals need to read.
To read the review, visit the Review of Biblical Literature website by clicking here.
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Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary
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