Tomorrow I start a new Forum series at church, on the Creation Myths of Ancient Israel found in the first two chapters of Genesis. As you can probably imagine, I will focus on understanding these myths in their historic, cultural, textual and linguistic contexts. However, I will also focus on understanding them in their literary context.
I say literary context because so often we fail to account for literary genre when we read sacred works. In this sense, Biblical literalism fails to be literal. Simply put, you don't read a particular work literally if you read it without an eye to its genre; you simply misread it. And no texts have been misread like the Creation Myths of Ancient Israel found in Genesis.
For the penultimate example of this misreading, check this out. Reflecting the confusing hodge-podge of myth and science that is Creationism, Ken Ham, an Australian transplant and Biblical "literalist," has built a museum in Petersburg, KY, designed to depict a "Biblically correct" view of history.
I'd say something more about this if I weren't stunned into speechlessness.
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