The title of this blog is borrowed from the writings of the Semitic linguist Michael S. Heiser and his description of the Bible as “myth that is true.”
The authors of scripture imbibed in supernatural interpretations of reality as naturally as they drank in celestially brocaded desert nights, listened to the capricious Mediterranean shore warring with creation's order, or marveled at the moral order within. Because modern believers are more reserved (or uncomfortable, rather) towards the supernatural than the context that produced scripture, we have a propensity to ignore and obfuscate “mythic” elements in the Bible to make the text more palatable—we demythologize them or contort them into our modern context.
The title is likewise a jab at those who would wish to reconstruct history with no reference at all to the supernatural—to demythologize history so it is totally accountable through naturalistic means.
Remythologizing then, is the attempt to view ancient texts through the original, mythic lens of its ancient authors without buying the presupposition that myths are necessarily unhistorical or untrue.
The right image of the blog header is 4Q Genesis—one of our oldest known copies of the opening lines of the Bible, chosen because it describes the time when humanity and the divine beings communed on God’s holy mountain. The left image is a personal speculative rendition of a seraph. The sources for its composition have been synthesized from elements in Ezekiel, Isaiah, the many Israelite seraph seals we have, and texts like the Aramaic Vision of Amram.
Ἑσπερίδων δ' ἐπὶ μηλόσπορον ἀκτὰν
ἀνύσαιμι τᾶν ἀοιδῶν,
ἵν' ὁ πορφυρέας πον-
ναύταις οὐκέθ' ὁδὸν νέμει,
σεμνὸν τέρμονα κυρῶν
οὐρανοῦ, τὸν Ἄτλας ἔχει,
κρῆναί τ' ἀμβρόσιαι χέον-
ται Ζηνὸς παρὰ κοίταις,
ἵν' ὀλβιόδωρος αὔξει ζαθέα
χθὼν εὐδαιμονίαν θεοῖς.