Myths, Fables, and Tales

This is a subsidiary post of Against Truth.

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Wasn’t ancient Israel arguing with the surrounding nations, “You have idols and myths, but we have the one true God and truth”?

Doesn’t Paul’s argument for the actual occurrence of Christ’s resurrection in 1 Corinthians  15:20-49 imply a bias for fact and against myth?

Recall also that Jesus said regarding the truth, “If it were not so, I would have told you” (John 14:2).  Thus if the creation narrative was a myth, He would have told us so.

The word “myth” appears three times in the NASB, all in the New Testament (1 Timothy 1:4; 2 Timothy 4:4; Titus 1:14).

The underlying Greek word translated as “myth” is “muthos.”  The Strong’s Concordance numbers it as 3454 and defines it as “a speech, story, i.e. a fable.”  This word is also translated as “fable” (1 Timothy 4:7) and “tale” (2 Peter 1:16).  All occurrences of this word in the New Testament are in the plural form.

In none of these five occurrences is the idea regarded favorably.  On the contrary, it is referred to negatively in all cases.  Here below are all of the verses referenced above.

1 Timothy 1:4  –  myths

1 Timothy 4:7  –  worldly fables

2 Timothy 4:4  –  myths

Titus 1:14  –  Jewish myths

2 Peter 1:16  –  cleverly devised tales

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