Myth as a category is often explicitly denied as being present in the Bible. Studies of Israelite religion take a largely historical approach. 'The Archaeology of Myth' highlights the importance of mythological categories in discussing any religion, and especially Israelite religion. The essays explore key biblical narratives and themes - Jacob's dream, the story of Dinah and Shechem, the seventy sons of Athirat, the old men of Deuteronomy - tracing their development from primitive forms to biblical text. The book offers a theoretical analysis of the biblical treatment of myth and its role in the shaping of memories and values.
N. Wyatt holds a personal chair in Ancient Near Eastern Religions at the University of Edinburgh. He has previously taught at the Universities of Glasgow, Stirling, Ibadan and Paris and his recent publications include Religious Texts from Ugarit (Sheffield University Press, 1998 and 2002), Space and Time in the Religious Life of the Ancient Near East (Sheffield University Press, 2001) and The Mythic Mind (Equinox, 2005)