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Mythology, poetry and theology

Alphonso Groenewald
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 62, No 3 | a391 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v62i3.391 | © 2006 Alphonso Groenewald | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 September 2006 | Published: 28 September 2006

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Alphonso Groenewald, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

Human beings have always been mythmakers. However, in view of the heavy negative connotations attached to the word “myth”, the aim of this article may, inter alia, be seen as an attempt to “rehabilitate” the word “myth” as a positive term in order to describe one of the most common genres within the Old Testament tradition. The author will indicate that the presence of myth is a common phenomenon in the Bible, and specifically in the Psalter (as poetry). The authors of the Psalms used (re-used) myth, the “mythical” and/or mythical allusions in order to express some of their most profound theologising about Yahweh – the God of Israel – as well as their relationship to that God.

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