The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Myth and Mythology
MYTH AND MYTHOLOGY. This entry consists of three separate articles. The first addresses the question of what is meant by the term “mythology,” and how scholars have come to apply this term to certain portions of biblical literature. The second entry focuses more specifically on an examination of the
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Myth, Mythology
Myth, Mythology Since the terms “myth, mythology, mythical, and mythological” have often been used in biblical studies to characterize biblical narratives or aspects of the biblical story, it is necessary to discuss the appropriateness and accuracy of using such terminology. This discussion will consider
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
myth (Gk. mythos).1 In the nt, false and foolish stories that are to be rejected as misleading and dangerous. See 1 Tim. 1:4 (“myths and endless genealogies that promote speculations”); 1 Tim. 4:7 (“profane myths and old wives’ tales”); 2 Tim. 4:4 (myths as the opposite of “the truth”); Titus 1:14 (“Jewish
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Myth, Mythology
MYTH, MYTHOLOGY. The Gr. word mythos occurs five times in the KJV of the NT, translated as “fable” (1 Tim 1:4; 4:7; 2 Tim 4:4; Tit 1:14; 2 Pet 1:16). See Fable. In koine as well as in classical Gr. the term signifies that which is fictitious, as opposed to the term logos, which connotes what is true
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Myth, Mythology
MYTH, MYTHOLOGY. Gk. mythos, ‘story’; mythologia, ‘story-telling’. In lxx the word-group appears rarely, and never in books translated from the Hebrew Bible. In Ecclus. 20:19 an ungracious man is compared to ‘a story told at the wrong time (mythos akairos)’; in Baruch 3:23 the ‘story-tellers (mythologoi)
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
MythA story or narrative that conveys the fundamental structure of knowledge upon which the ideologies and customs of a particular culture rest. Though myth is frequently invested with elements of the fantastic, and generally associated with religious and ritual practice, scholarship has clearly extended
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Myth (Gk. mýthos).* The “myths” of the false teachings warned against in the Pastoral Epistles are mentioned in connection with speculative doctrines and “endless genealogies” (1 Tim. 1:4; cf. Tit. 3:9) and “commands of men who reject the truth” (1:14). Moreover, they are described as “godless
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
MythMyth is a term of at best doubtful relevance to the study of Jesus and the Gospels. The basic problem lies in defining the word itself, since the definition used will determine not only its relevance but also point to the solution of the further problems its use poses.1. Defining “Myth”2. D.
Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics
Miracles, Myth and
Miracles, Myth and. Under the relentless attack from modern naturalism, many religious thinkers have retreated to the view that miracles are not events in the space-time world (see Miracle). Rather, miracles are myths or events in a spiritual world, above space and time. As a result, the religious records
The Dictionary of Historical Theology
Myth of God Controversy
Myth of God ControversyIn July 1977 the most heated theological controversy in Britain since the publication of *J.A.T. Robinson’s (1919–83) Honest to God (London, 1963) was sparked off by the publication of a volume of essays entitled The Myth of God Incarnate. The contributors (soon to be referred
Ecclesiastical Dictionary: Containing, in Concise Form, Information upon Ecclesiastical, Biblical, Archæological, and Historical Subjects
Myth (story, legend).—Many critics have maintained that there are myths in both the Old and New Testament. But it is easy to show the falseness of this assertion by the following considerations: 1. The early Christians, the most competent judges of the subject, far from having recognized myths in the
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