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The Origins and Development of Judaism
Argues that Karen Armstrong's "mythos vs. logos" thesis, as presented in her books "The Battle for God" and "A Short History of Myth", provides the best explanation for the origins and development of Judaism.
# 103978 | 1,525 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on May 30, 2008 in Religion and Theology (Judaism)

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This paper explains that Karen Armstrong's "mythos vs. logos" thesis demonstrates convincingly why the ancient Israelites rejected prevailing pagan beliefs and came to believe in Yahweh as the only God and as the creator of the world. The author points out that Jewish religious doctrine emerged and evolved in response to this initial acceptance of monotheism, which in early Hebrew doctrine identified the special role of the Jews as God's chosen people and which relied significantly upon mythos. The paper relates that myths of ancient cultures were absorbed into religions, such as Judaism, Islam and Christianity, thus providing a means for human beings to understand the unseen forces in the world around them. The author relates that Armstrong emphasizes that, despite the great importance of mythos, logos came to be almost equally influential in the development of Judaism.

From the Paper:

"Despite the influence of logos, mythos was the primary influence on the origins of Judaism. Armstrong clarifies, however, that mythic accounts in the Hebrew bible should not be misunderstood as an attempt to write history, for myths have never been intended to be objective truth, nor have they been accepted as such. Unfortunately, the purpose of myth has been widely misunderstood in our modern era, for the conflict between logos and mythos has generated misguided perceptions that mythos requires proof of the existence of Yahweh or Allah or Jesus Christ."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Armstrong, Karen. A Short History of Myth. New York: Canongate U.S., 2005.
  • _ _ _. The Battle for God. New York: Ballantine Books, 2001.
  • Bird, Phyllis. "The Place of Women in the Israelite Cultus." In Women in the Hebrew Bible: A Reader. New York: Routledge, 1998.
  • Holy Bible: King James Version. New York: World Bible Company Press, 1989.

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