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Putting the supernatural back into the Bible

That’s the purpose of Dr. Michael Heiser, whose forthcoming book The Myth That Is True is an attempt to correct the course of mainstream Christian theology. Since the time of St. Augustine, we’ve been taught that much of the Old Testament is little more than a theological fairy tale.

Not so. Greg Boyd, pastor of Woodland Hills Church in Minnesota, takes up a good bit of his blogging time lately reviewing and discussing Mike’s book:

The lynch-pin of Heiser’s thesis is Genesis 3:15 in which the Lord says that, because of Adam and Eve’s rebellion, there would be on-going enmity between the offspring of the serpent ha nachash and the descendants of Eve. Yet, the Lord says, in the end a descendant of Eve will crush the head of ha nachash. Heiser who has a impressive command of Ancient Near Eastern languages argues that ha nachash shouldn’t be translated as a noun “serpent” but as an adjective, in which case it means “the shiny one” cf. Isa. 14:12 and Ezek. 28:14 where Satan is spoken of in similar terms.

According to Heiser, therefore, the prophesy of Genesis 3:15 isn’t about the enmity that sometimes exists between snakes and people but between the seed of the shining one — Satan — and humans.

Exactly. That’s Paul’s point in Ephesians 6:12. And that’s why bias in the CBA against Christians writing horror fiction is silly. Come on, how much more do you need for material? Demons, cannibalistic giants, fallen angels, wizards and witches, secret societies, human sacrifice, ad infinitum.

Boyd doesn’t agree with Mike on all points, but he doesn’t dismiss Mike’s reading of the original texts out of hand. Read Boyd’s full review, and then the follow-up posts in which he and Mike debate and discuss Mike’s thesis.

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