Posted By MSH on January 2, 2012
Many of you know that I’ve been working (puttering is more accurate) on a book for non-specialists (i.e., lay people and pastors, not the academy) on what I refer to as the divine council worldview fo the Bible. It’s entitled The Myth That Is True. I’ve been at it for years. The day has finally come — the first draft (329 pages) is finally in the can. You can access the draft here.
As far as what “in the can” means, please see the notes on the front page of the file. Among other things, they make it clear that this file will be removed at the end of this month.
[NOTE: Per the above notification, the book draft has been removed. MSH]. For other items on what Mike thinks about the divine council, visit his archive.
For those who were former subscribers to my newsletter years ago, no user name or password is required to download the file. You should have received an email about the draft, but I can imagine that many email addresses have changed over time.
The logic behind the draft is to lay out Old Testament theology without all the academese and plethora of footnotes for the interested non-specialist. Granted, there are still two hundred footnotes, but many of them simply direct people to a URL that I will be using for technical, scholarly discussion and bibliography for many points in the book (that URL is not live yet, and will not turn live until the book actually gets published). Consequently, don’t bother me with emails like “your argument for XYZ missed this or that” or “this argument isn’t supported by secondary literature.” If you do that I’ll know you didn’t read (or understand) this. Trust me, what I cover in the book is where I live as a scholar. I am familiar with all the literature (which is why — also on the side — I have built a 250 page bibliography on all things divine council).
Please also note that the file is not for distribution. if you know someone who wants it, you can give them the link — but don’t mass email it.
Again, it will disappear at the end of January. Feedback is welcome as always (see the notes on the first page).