sg OT cultural contexts 1 and 2

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NEW OXFORD ANNOTATED BIBLE Third Edition Study Guide – Old Testament Cultural Contexts Read: “Cultural Contexts: The Ancient Near East and Ancient Israel to the Mid-first Millennium B.C.E,” 507-514 Essays (top of page) Look up the definition of “cuneiform” in any dictionary and write it down: There are two meanings for the word “myth” in American English. The best-known meaning is that a myth is a false idea that influences people in unhelpful ways. Example: Americans are influenced by the “lone ranger” myth and value individual isolation more than cooperative effort. The other meaning is an academic meaning, which is used in this essay. In this essay, the word “myth” means a religious explanation for how and why the world is as it is. Another way of thinking about “myth” is that myth contains philosophical and religious principles in story form rather than in abstract form. Here’s an example: Religious principle
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