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.