IF THERE WAS A MYTHICIST HISTORY CHANNEL, WOULDN’T THAT BE SORTA REDUNDANT?
Mythicists as a group of thinkers who challenge the notion of a historical Jesus figure are utterly dependent on Christian theology and interpretation in their views on the Old Testament. Kevin of Diglotting in his follow up post to his excellent review series of “Is This Not The Carpenter?”; see all three parts:
Is This Not the Carpenter Part 1
Is This Not The Carpenter Part 2
Is this Not The Carpenter Part 3
The follow-up post, Mythicism And A Suffering Messiah mentions that mythicists discuss a “messianic component to Isaiah.” Anyone who has taken an Introduction to Hebrew Bible course, or even talked to a Jewish person before would tell you that Isaiah 53, the Suffering Servant passage could be discussing a prophet who may have faced persecution, and even Israel itself. To make the theological leap from Suffering Servant to Yeshua the Messiah happens in the New Testament, mythicists are mimicking what some early Jewish Christians did, like with Phillip in his conversation with the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8) and with the writer of 1st Peter 2.
Also, one point on Ezekiel 8:14 as evidence of “rampant Inanna worship gone wild,” as Katherine Pfisterer Darr notes in her commentary, as well as other historians, the lamenting of the Tammuz was popular among primarily women. Fact is, Ezekiel’s prophecy, if taken seriously, happens in the SIXTH month and not the FOURTH, where in Mesopotamia, lament for the deity’s descent occurred. If sacred time means anything for the historical of religion, I can only assume a few things about the Israelite women who participated in the grievance ritual and Ezekiel. Either they did not know how to keep up with the time as well as other folk in the Ancient Near East, or they were very bad and unfaithful worshippers of Inanna. Or, more than likely, we shouldn’t quote ONE SINGLE PROOFTEXT, and using Ezekiel’s vision of all things, as historical evidence. I would go with the latter! Using this part of Ezekiel’s dream to prove the idea of a dying messiah in Israel and Judah is no more reasonable than me using Ezekiel 1 to talking about the history of aliens and UFO’s!