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(A) Explain why some parts of the Jewish Scriptures are described as myth:

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(A) Explain why some parts of the Jewish Scriptures are described as myth: A myth is a story that may or may not have actually happened, but one that teaches us a truth. Some parts of the Jewish Scriptures are described as myth. For example, it is suggested that; the story of Adam and Eve, the story of Cain and Abel, the story of Noah and the flood, the story of the Tower of Babel and the story of Jonah and the giant fish, are all myth. They are described as myth because they are all individual stories, which do not link to one another; they all have a beginning, middle and an end. Also they are all fantastic stories, each with their own morals to be discovered and taught. There are always many powerful lessons to be learnt from all of the parts of the Jewish Scriptures which are described as myth. ...read more.

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This dilemma can raise many questions and doubts about faith, belief and truth. Chief Rabbi Herz says; "With the patriarchs we leave the dim primeval world and enter the daylight of full historical times". He is saying that by once we reach the part of the Torah which features the patriarchs (the fathers: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) we leave the very old or "primeval" world and enter the definite truth of "full historical times". He is suggesting that the stories before the patriarchs are possibly myth and that the stories after the patriarchs are continuous, historical texts, which are factual documentation. Therefore it is thought that the contents of chapters one until eleven of the book of Genesis are mythical and that chapters twelve and onwards contain a different kind of history and not mythical, but literal. (B) "Myth is not a very important part of the Jewish Scriptures." ...read more.

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Although a story may or may not have happened, this does not mean that the people in the stories did not exist and lead their lives as normal. The story may have been adapted to include morals; however this does not lessen the importance of them. All of the myths in the Jewish Scriptures contain morals. For example, in the story of Jonah we learn that G-d is kind and forgiving, the importance of prayer and faith, the mercy of G-d, the importance of repentance and that you can never run away from G-d. These are all vital lessons for life. In conclusion I disagree with the statement and I think that Myths are a very important part of the Jewish Scriptures. They contain morals and give us crucial teachings for life. Without the stories which have morals woven into them, we would not learn these essential life lessons. Although the events may not have literally occurred, they still teach us all very powerful lessons. And they are a fundamental part of the Jewish Scriptures. ?? ?? ?? ?? Daphna Starr ...read more.

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