Short outline of the presentation
Outrageous Biblical Patriarchs (and to a lesser degree matriarchs) - Myths in the Bible
or why is it that Biblical characters act so often so strangely?
|One example of remodulation is for instance a story of the incest of Lot. On the surface it is a moralistic judgmental story about shameful origins of the ancestors of difficult neighboring nations of Moab and Amon.
|After the discovery and decipherment of texts from the North Syrian city of Ugarit, scholars realized that one of the texts constitutes a close mythical parallel to Lot’s story.
|The final example is a story of the intoxicated and stripping Noah. In the Bible this story functions to cast in bad light the ancestors of Canaanites as those who took advantage (probably also sexual advantage) of an intoxicated father-figure.