BAR 33:02, Mar/Apr 2007
First Person: Set Apart from the Nations?
Studying other ancient cultures can help inform our knowledge of Biblical history.
I wonder how many readers noticed it: This is the third consecutive issue of BAR in which a major article draws a historical analogy from another culture and applies it to the Bible or Biblical times. To put it another way: In these non-Biblical cultures, history was uncovered and interpreted in a way that could be applied to the Bible and Biblical culture.
In the November/December 2006 issue, Jeremy McInerney examined the ancient myth of Theseus and the Minotaur and found buried within it reflections of actual history concerning the conflict between the Mycenaean and Minoan civilizations and the former’s dominance over the latter in the Late Bronze Age. At the end of his article, the author asked: Could Biblical myths reflect actual history in this same way?