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Genesis 1-11 Myth or History Genesis 1 - 11 is either myth or history That section of Scripture is not and cannot be a third thing mythical history or historical myth In his article Genesis 1-11 Myth or History Engelsma presents us with the question about the historicity of Genesis 1 - 11 Engelsma tries to defend Genesis 1 - 11 on the assumption that if Genesis 1 - 11 the foundation of the doctrine of justification by faith alone and the source of the gospel of grace is myth the message of Scripture is abandoned The events of Genesis 1 - 11 according to Engelsma happened historically as it is recorded It will not be argued that what is contained in Genesis 1 - 11 is not history historical or truth but that it is possible that Engelsmas augment of the historicity of Genesis 1 - 11 falls short in his definition of Myth In regard to weather or not Genesis 1 - 11 is in my own opinion from my own findings history or myth it will be argued that either definition may be applied as neither definition questions the historical truth of these chapters Though it will be proven that the Genesis 1 - 11 does suit the mythical literary genre rather then the historical Engelsma places emphasis on the untruth of myth in defining it as a story that explains an important aspect of human life and experience Often the story is of a theological spiritual and religious nature But a myth is a story that never happened The storyteller casts the myth in the form of events events that occurred on earth among men Usually these events involved the gods and their relationships with men and women But these mythical events have no reality in actual fact they are unhistorical If read or listened to for entertainment the myth is fictitious If taught as the factual explanation of a certain
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