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Very interesting backgrounder of biblical time myths,
This review is from: 101 Myths of the Bible: How Ancient Scribes Invented Biblical History (Paperback)Gary Greenberg's book starts out with a summary of the document theory of the bible, and tells short versions of the creation myths of the Egyptians and the Sumerians in the time the OT was written.
Most of the book consists of short chapters on 101 "Myths" (citations from the Bible) with a short description of "The Reality" behind it, followed by one or two pages of explanations.
Gary Greenberg explains how the ancient Hebrews incorporated the Egyptian and Sumerian stories into a story that fitted their monotheistic worldview, and how you can identify traces of the original versions with deities. He also reconstructed historic situations such as the split of Israel after king Solomon, and the choices writers made because of that, and makes educated guesses as to which kingdom or tribe the writers belonged.
I am not a scholar in this field, so I have to assume the backgrounds Gary Greenberg gives are correct. As a skeptic I have the problem that I don't know how to check everything. Some of the explanations contained reasons that seemed to be disputable: name similarities, based on fragments of text. I have some sort of an antenna for disputable claims, probably fueled by reading books such as Erich von Däniken (Were the Gods astronauts?), Velikovski (Worlds in collision) and others.
Therefore I am glad to say that in the conclusion all 101 threads are woven together again, making it a coherent hypothesis.
I'm afraid that to check it more I would have to follow the Further Reading advises with which the book ends.