If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you’ll know that I enjoy reading Nate Claiborne’s blog. He not only reviews at length a lot of books that I would find interesting, but he’s one of a few people I’ve been reading lately who attempt to work through scripture through the lens of how the original readers would have understood it. If you want to read about a view of Genesis that completely undercuts the creation vs evolution debate (because when did ancient writers ever write scientific or historical documents following modern conventions for those genres?) you can find Claiborne’s discussion of Genesis here.
Something I’m particularly enjoying is that Claiborne is currently blogging through Exodus in expository fashion. Today he posted a look at Exodus 2:1-10 – Moses’ trip down the Nile and discovery by the Pharaoh’s daughter. What I love about his dissection is not only how he points out a number of ironies in the events that take place, but the idea that the Jews (and other peoples in the region) would have seen the story as a direct parallel to a well known Egyptian myth about the god Horus, who the Pharaoh is purported to be incarnation of. Horus was persecuted as a baby in similar fashion by Seth, but in the Exodus narrative, Moses is cast as the baby Horus, and Pharaoh as the persecutor Seth.
I love this method of looking at the scripture text (at least as a starting point). To me the stories become much more real and vibrant, and I see what God might be saying or demonstrating through them more clearly when I see how their original readers would have understood them and what they would have related them to.