Myth as metaphor

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dc.contributor.author Malan, Gert Jacobus
dc.date.accessioned 2016-08-01T09:11:38Z
dc.date.available 2016-08-01T09:11:38Z
dc.date.issued 2016-07-08
dc.description.abstract Modern Christianity has failed to update its myths and has even eliminated them, thus, excluding the metaphysical experience indispensable to religion (Jung). Myths should be interpreted, not eliminated. Answering the question about how to interpret myths without eliminating them or their intended effect is the object of this paper. The study investigates the possibility of interpreting myths as metaphors, thus, in a non-literal way. Various definitions of metaphor and myth, and theories for their interpretation are discussed, with focus on their relationship to symbolic universes. Finally, a non-mythical symbolic universe structured by root-metaphors is suggested as a framework for the existential interpretation of mythical concepts in the New Testament. en_ZA
dc.description.department New Testament Studies en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2016 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.hts.org.za/ en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Malan, G., 2016, ‘Myth as metaphor’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 72(4), a3260. http://dx.DOI.org/10.4102/hts.v72i4.3260. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (print)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v72i4.3260
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/56159
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher OpenJournals Publishing en_ZA
dc.rights © 2016. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Myth en_ZA
dc.subject Christianity en_ZA
dc.subject Metaphor en_ZA
dc.subject New Testament en_ZA
dc.title Myth as metaphor en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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